Google Mail, An Example of Cloud Computing

May 16, 2010

If you think back to the time when you actually took pictures with print film, you’ll realize that we have come a long way from the 1980’s. Or even if you consider that most people now post on Facebook and Twitter and are connected socially with their friends, these tools are now integrated closely with our personal lives. You Tube is another example of one such tool.

In essence, this is cloud computing explained. You don’t necessarily need to understand cloud computing from the way that it is presented in the media about the future of computing. For most well educated citizens, they are already using cloud computing, whether they realize it or not. The only fact is that they use it on a personal basis rather than in a professional or business oriented fashion.

Incidentally, it appears that our personal use of technology and its corresponding infrastructure seems to be more advanced that that of a business organization.

Then how do we answer the question of moving from the personal IT infrastructure that exists wholly in the cloud with tools like Google Docs, photo, mail, video as well as document sharing sites? In fact, this has also become common business practice, according to

This is really an incredible feat when you think about it because people are just becoming aware of cloud computing. And most people refer to it as the future of cloud computing. Leaders in the IT industry have a slightly different focus when it comes to personal end users – this is particularly true when it comes to security and availability. This is especially significant when the IT service s bought from a vendor and would mean key performance gauges are present when applied to a service level deal.

When it comes to large multinational corporations, IT services, particularly software, are outsourced to destinations like India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Most IT services are outsourced to top software development companies, top seo companies, and top web design companies. With contracts and deals in the outsourcing arena worth millions of dollars, IT vendors are in stiff competition.

The fine print on IT services that are available publicly, however, does not come with data regarding service levels. However, it does not hold the supplier responsible for offering a reliable service.

A god example is Google Mail. If Google mail was not reliable and unavailable when people needed to use it, it would not be the kind of success it is today. However, you might find that Google’s mail is reliable enough for corporate emailing. But the catch is that a regular user does not have much control over a maintenance issue if Google decides to shut it down for a couple of hours. In this scenario, if you need to send a mail right away, all you would be able to do is clench your fist and wait for Google Mail to start again.

Alternatively, more reliable services are out there and of course, those are paid versions like Google’s enterprise version – Google’ mail and office applications. Some companies have already migrated to these systems. This is the way cloud computing works. It exists and it is feasible and we don’t have to wait until tomorrow. However, cloud-computing terminology appears to be spread across several services, reports


5 Responses to “Google Mail, An Example of Cloud Computing”

  1. bpo on May 16th, 2010 4:42 am

    It is nice to read about gmail. I did not realize gmail is an example of SaSS.

  2. bpo on May 16th, 2010 4:48 am

    Cloud computing has been around for several years, in fact it started when internet was invented. For example of you take Mosaic web browser (later it became Netscape) is a very good example for SaaS.

  3. bpo on May 16th, 2010 4:50 am

    Google mail, analytics, etc are good examples for SAS. More and more companies are started offering SAS.

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  5. Healthcare BPO on November 19th, 2010 8:59 am

    The cloud computing concept should now be extended to revenue generation and not just cost savings. Infact revenue generation is also something we’ve been doing through cloud computing, the only thing is that it is not presented in that manner. What do the others say?

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