Companies giving you cloud control in 2013

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With cloud computing is set to become bigger and better in 2013, “cloud” is the hottest IT buzzword today. Though several years have passed since cloud computing was recognised as a potential game changer, the increased attention to the protection of data and users’ security make this year likely for it to truly hit, from the technological scene to finance and entertainment.

From some of the classic stalwarts of the cloud to up-and-comers, learn what cloud control might mean for you with this user’s guide to companies giving the average consumer cloud control.

Ghost Cloud Computing

Who else to begin with? Ghost is a classic cloud computing company and a leader in the industry, consistently offering secure file storage options accessible from any computing device, all through a simple and user-friendly interface.

Users’ files can be viewed and edited in any browser, and instantly shared with peers by simply sending a link. Securely hosted by Amazon.com, and providing full mobile support, we have it on good authority that these guys are here to stay.

ActiveVideo

Within the cloud industry and beyond, ActiveVideo is a highly-regarded online entertainment platform. Their standout product, CloudTV, is a platform that combines all types of content (from social media to television, mobile to video-on-demand) onto any video screen. Here, the cloud enables the one interface to enable access across a diversity of screens, in the process potentially revolutionising users’ viewing experiences.

And it gets better yet. A new initiative launched in early 2013, CloudTV Access is a developer program designed to catalyse the uptake and deployment of the multi-screen delivery system for millions of users on Smart TVs and other devices.

Australia Post

The national postal service set its sights on the Cloud with its long-awaited launch of its Digital Mailbox in late 2012.

Digital Mailbox enables users to not only access their account statements and bills, but also to upload documents from any computer, tablet or other device with internet access. Designed as a personal management system for everything from bills to birth certificates, the cloud storage system is perhaps best described as a sort of digital vault.

Only certified providers can connect to the system, through two-factor identity authentication, helping to allay security concerns.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

If Australia Post’s Digital Mailbox is a digital vault, think of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s NetBank Vault as a virtual online safe where customers can deposit their most valuable records for digital safekeeping – from copies of drivers’ licences and passports through to mortgage documents and product warranties.

Following in the wake of similar cloud approaches to online banking pursued by financial institutions around the world, the Commonwealth Bank’s version was a first on the Australian market. Its provision of cloud storage options, as well as heightened speed and ease of access to personal documents in a secure environment, is particularly useful in such a natural disaster prone country like Australia.

Best of all, cloud computing can only get better with the renewed focus on strengthening security. In addition to traditional protective measures like encryption and identity authentication systems, increasingly sophisticated infrastructure such as colocation centres is being deployed. Go on, then – immerse yourself in the cloud.

Author bio: Sarah Trevor is a freelance writer with an interest in the cultural impacts of new media.

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