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Just Exactly What Is the Cloud?

posted on June 15, 2017 / IN Networks / Security / 0 Comments

Just a few years ago, the word “cloud” wasn’t used much outside the weather forecast. These days, however, you probably don’t go a day without using or talking about it. For as common as it has become, many people still don’t have a really good understanding of what the cloud actually is.

Today we’re going to go over some cloud basics to help you understand what it is, what it isn’t, and how it can help you in business.

What is the cloud anyway?

The cloud is a network of servers that work together to do different things, from provide services to storing data. The cloud isn’t a single item — it is many items working together. The cloud also isn’t in a single location, but spread across many different locations. This idea can make the entire concept seem more mysterious than it actually is, but rest assured there is no magic, just a lot of science, behind the cloud.

Why do we have a cloud?

Before the cloud, people had to run applications and store everything directly on their own computer. This meant you were limited by the type of equipment you could afford. The cloud, however, allows applications and storage to be located off-site, utilizing the power of a network of many services. No longer are you limited by your own machine. As long as you have internet access, you have access to the cloud.

How can the cloud help my business?

If you have a business, the cloud gives you the ability to be flexible unlike ever before. You have access to nearly unlimited storage, and you have that access from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection. You can work off-site with ease, create secure backups, and seamlessly integrate workers from multiple locations. It also gives you affordable access to applications like the Adobe Creative Cloud.

There you have it, you can now impress your friends with your understanding of the cloud. And of course, just give us a call if you need help putting the cloud to work for you!

By Cliff Meyers

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