I attended the annual Leading Real Estate Companies of the World conference last week in Orlando, Fla., and participated in a handful of cloud-computing workshops. Workshop topics included private vs. public cloud solutions, choosing the right communications platform for your brokerage, cloud file storage, and Web-based transaction management software. Cloud computing can be a great fit for the real estate industry and offers many benefits to real estate professionals, particularly in terms of reducing information technology (IT) hassle and expensive infrastructure. But there is a catch, as Mitch Joel, president of Twist Image, points out in a thought-provoking piece, "Cloud Computing and the Streaming of Everything Will Change Media Forever." Joel writes, "As the Internet becomes the ultimate archive for all of your personal stuff (photos, emails, etc.) and it's mixed with the full streaming of content, bandwidth becomes the new hard drive. This will be the...
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