[英文练习]Everything is Already in the Cloud


These days you hear a lot about cloud computing. If you have no technical background,the term can be a bit intimidating. It sounds complicated, but most of us are already using the cloud. Though you may not realize it, all your information is most likely in the cloud. How? Let's take a look.




All web-based email services like Yahoo, Google (Gmail) and Microsoft (Hotmail) are cloud-based.Unless you run your own email server,you are using cloud-based services. That is , all of your contacts and emails are in the cloud.


Blog & Websites


Blogs and websites such as Medium, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, and Pinterest are also cloud-based services. Again, all of your postings and photo are in the cloud.


Socail Networking Sites


Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many other social media sites are hosted in the cloud. Your birthday, educational background, work history, and latest whereabouts are all in the cloud. Ah, your friends' information, too!


Mobile App Stores & Apps


Major mobile app strores, such as Goolge Play, Apple's App Store, and Windows Marketplace, keep their apps and the account information in the cloud. If you buy apps from these major app stores, your purchase history and account information are in the cloud.

主要的移动应用商店,比如谷歌的Play、苹果的APP Store、微软的Windows Marketplace,都保存程序和账号信息在云端。如果你在这些应用商店买了程序,你的购买记录和账号信息就都在云端。



Cloud gaming, according to an airticle in VentureBeat,could reach a turning point in 2015.Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, Steam and hundreds of game platforms are hosted in the cloud. Now with cloud-gaming capable devices, a massive number of players can interact with each other online. Most of these games store your game saves and comments in the cloud.

根据一篇VentureBeat的报道,云游戏在2015年迎来的拐点。Xbox Live、魔兽争霸、Steam和其他几百个游戏平台都是在云端运行的。随着云端游戏性能的增长,巨量的游戏玩家可以在网上展开互动。大多数的游戏把你的游戏存档和评论都保存在云端。

Productivity Tools


Productivity tools like work processors, spreadsheets, presentaion programs, flowcharting applications, image editors, formula editors, and graph tools are available online as cloud-based services and applications. Goole Docs and Microsofot Office 365 are good examples. If you are using any of these toolgs, either at work or personally, your documents are stored in the cloud.

生产力工具,比如文字处理、电子表格、展板程序、流程软件、图像编辑器、公式编辑器和图形软件都已经是基于云服务了。Google Docs和微软Office365就是很好的例子。如果你使用这些工具,无论是工作用还是私人用,你的文档都是存在云端的。

Online Storage


Nowadays most people own multiple devices--from laptops to smartphones and tablets--and they want to access their data from anywhere, at any time,from any connected device. Online storage are used for that reason, and Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud Drive, Google Drive, and Dropbox are popular ones. Needless to say, these services store your data in the cloud.

今天大多数人都用多种设备,从笔记本电脑、智能手机和平板电脑。他们想要在任何时间、任何地点、任何连接的设备上访问他们的数据。网盘就是为此而生。微软的OneDrive、苹果的iCloud Drive、谷歌的GoogleDrive和Dropbox都是很流行的网盘。勿需在言,这些服务都把你的数据存放在云端。


  1. These days you hear a lot about cloud computing.
  2. If you have no technical background, the term can be a bit intimidating.
  3. It sounds complicated, but more of us is already using the cloud.
  4. How? Let's take a look.
  5. Online Storage.
  6. Through you may not realize it, but your information is most likely.
  7. Nowadays most people own multiple devies.
  8. Form laptops and smartphones and tablets
  9. and they want to access their data from anywhere, at any time,from any connected devices.

How to expain the Cloud to Non-techie Friends

Your friend has no technical backgroud, yet she is curious about technology. Recently she asked you what Cloud Computing is. What would you tell her? How would you explain its concept and various models to someone with little or no technical background? Here's a suggestion. Compare Cloud Computing to everyone's favorite food, pizza!

That's exactly what HP does. In a Youtube video titled Cloud pizza, HP Norway's Technology Director, Stig Alstedt, explains Cloud Computing by comparing it with pizza. Let's see how.

Homemade Pizza = Traditional IT

Back in the old days, if you wanted pizza for dinner, you had to make your own. In that case, you buy all the ingredients, knead the dough, make the curst, chop the vegetables, and bake the pizza. You also need proper cookware. The process requires expertise, but you get exactly what you want, how you want it, when you want it. Homemade Pizza is equal to building your own IT infrastcture with your own resources.

Frozen Pizza = Private Cloud

Nowadays supermarkets offer customers a variety of frozen pizzas, Pizza manufacturers do almost all the work. You just select one from the frozen pizza aisle, bring it home, and bake it in your own oven. It's convenient, but the flavors and prices are fixed. Frozen Pizza is similar to Priviate Cloud.

Delivered Pizza = Managed Cloud

Delivered pizza is a bit more convenient than frozen pizza. You order what you want and how you want, then the piza is delivered to your doorsetp. No baking is necessary. However, menu items are limited and you still need your own dishes. Deliverd Pizza is close to Managed CLoud.

Restaurant Pizza = Public Cloud

Restaurant pizza requires the least expertise because the restauarnt provides you with everything. You simply show up, order, eat and pay. You get one invoice at the end of your meal. However, other customers alson dine in, so the service can be slow when the place is crowded. Furthermore, everyone orders from the same menu. It means there is not much room for individual customization. Restaurant Pizza is comparable to Public Cloud, except that Public Cloud is often the most inexpensive option while restaurant pizza is not.

Your Own Topping = Hybrid Cloud

Many pizza delivery places and restaurants offer an option to choose your own topping. Hybrid Cloud is like choosing your own toppings to make your favorite pizza.