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Cloudware definition

Cloudware refers to software and services that run on the internet (“the cloud”) instead of local devices. It can include various services, such as storage (like Dropbox), apps (like Google Docs), and even entire online platforms. The key characteristic is that these services are hosted and managed on remote servers accessible online.

See also: cloud server, cloud as a service, public cloud infrastructure

How cloudware works

Cloudware runs on remote servers in data centers managed by the cloud service provider. Users access it online, usually via web browsers or dedicated applications.

The cloudware provider takes care of the infrastructure, including servers, storage, and networking. That allows users to focus on using the software without worrying about maintenance. Users' data resides on remote servers, which makes it easy to back up, recover, and access from different locations.

Cloudware can scale resources up or down based on demand, saving money and improving performance.

Uses of cloudware

  • Business and enterprises. For customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and document sharing.
  • Personal use. In services like email (Gmail), cloud storage (Dropbox), and personal productivity (Google Docs).
  • Education. For learning management systems (LMS), online course materials, and collaborative learning tools.
  • Healthcare. In patient management systems, telemedicine, and healthcare data analytics.
  • Government and public sector. For managing public records, e-governance services, and infrastructure management.
  • Creative industries. In areas like graphic design, video editing, and music production, which need high computing power and a lot of collaboration.