What is “the Cloud?”

The term “cloud” has become a buzzword throughout the tech world and the many industries using cloud solutions.  You’re probably already using cloud technology, but don’t feel bad if you’re unclear on the details.

Simple Concept, Complex Instance

Cloud computing has a simple explanation, though in practice it is intricate and complex.  The cloud is a network, more specifically the internet (link to article w brief explanation of the internet).  It represents the interconnection of computers, servers, hosts, and data centers.  Information flows to and from these points and is backed up multiple times in the process.  A map of these points and the flow of information between them resembles a cloud.

Deployment Models

Three different cloud deployment models exist: private, public, and hybrid.  A private cloud is used internally for a single organization.  Public clouds allow open use, and examples would be Amazon EC2or Gmail.  The biggest difference between public and private clouds is the added security for the latter.

A hybrid cloud combines both private and public cloud technology.  eSUB is an example of a hybrid cloud, as Users log on via their secure internet connection to access our internal network.  Hybrid clouds combine the benefits of availability and security of public and private clouds.

Unique Benefits

Now that we’ve covered the basics of the cloud, why is it such a hot topic?  The unique benefits- flexibility, portability, and accessibility- make the cloud a highly effective tool for companies and individuals.  Information can travel many different routes in the cloud, which differs from traditional ways of storing and sharing data.

Anyone can access the cloud from any location with an internet connection.  Industries with teams working in many different locations at once, such as construction, gain significantly from the portability of cloud technology.

While Cloud technology is highly innovative, it is also accessible.  Users can get huge amounts of storage for inexpensive prices.  Setting up an account in the cloud is quick and easy, and users can get going immediately.

Once information is stored in the cloud, it is extremely secure.  Multiple backups and fail-safes preventing information loss strengthen the cloud’s integrity.

Future of the Cloud

Cloud technology has numerous benefits, but these three are built in to the cloud’s structure.  Cloud solutions are becoming more widespread for individual and business use, and as more people adopt this technology, the strength of the network only grows.  Could you benefit from pushing your projects to the cloud?

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