Date Added: Oct 2010
In recent years, many computer and Internet functions have moved from users' computers to remote servers that make up a "Cloud" of data and processing power. "Cloud computing" has transformed users' computers from the start and end points of data creation and transmission into portals to view and modify data held under the control of cloud service providers. For example, users of services like Google Docs can create, modify and share access to word processing documents with other users worldwide without ever downloading a single file. The shift to cloud computing has provided a number of benefits, including unprecedented global access to a variety of media, greater scalability, and more efficient use of computing power and customer service resources.