Consumer Clouds: Acer Announce AcerCloud

Cloud Computing has been making headlines in the business computing world for some time now. As the technology matures it is interesting to see it now being built into consumer products and used in their associated marketing campaigns too. Last year Apple announced iCloud and Microsoft announced the cloud integration with Windows 8 as two examples. This week Acer have announced AcerCloud. This cloud service will enable users to access all their digital content on any of their computing devices, from phones, to tablets and computers. The AcerCloud uses a combination of local and cloud storage to ensure the content is always available.

AcerCloud has three parts to the service:

  1. PicStream for photographs
  2. AcerCloud Docs for document management
  3. Media for multimedia

AcerCloud is an example of how Cloud Computing technology is being built into consumer devices to make their operation simple yet effective. In most cases the usage of Cloud Computing is transparent to the end user. Photos, for instance, are stored securely yet are shared across all devices without having to manually copy them from device to device. A film purchased on a laptop can be viewed on a tablet or mobile phone whilst travelling. All communication between devices is performed over secure communication channels.

In summary, whilst Cloud Computing has been used by business to improve not only cost but also change and improve the way IT is delivered, momentum is now being gained in the consumer market too. This really highlights the maturity and confidence that is being established in the reliability and security of Cloud Computing. If you are not sure what benefits Cloud Computing can bring to your organisation, or have any concerns, why not consider attending Learning Tree’s Hands-On Cloud Computing course. Here you will learn about the different aspects of Cloud Computing and how it can benefit your organisation, all delivered over three intensive days by a Cloud Computing expert.

Chris Czarnecki

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