What is Cloud Computing and How Does it Work?

cloud computingBack in 2011, “

cloud computing was a major buzzword. These days, it is no longer the buzzword that it once was but it is still pretty popular and more and more people are starting to use the cloud. If you have not yet embraced the cloud, you are missing out on technology that has the capacity to change your life.

What is the reason for your reluctance to embrace the cloud? Maybe it is because you do not have a clear idea of what it is and what it can do. Perhaps it unnerves you to use technology that you do not fully comprehend. If this is indeed your reason in avoiding cloud computing, then sit back and relax because you are about to get a crash course of it.

Getting Started

1)  The first thing you need to know is that there is no real “cloud” and it is just a metaphor they use to refer to data networks located in other places. These data networks can be accessed if you have an internet connection. The name might suggest that your data is floating somewhere in the cloud, and certainly, graphics depicting the cloud allude to such things but this technology has nothing to do with the stratosphere – and no, bad weather cannot affect the cloud unless it cuts your internet connection.

2)  As a private individual, you can make use of the cloud in a variety of ways and you do not even need to pay. There are many free cloud services you can use to store your personal files and you can even use them to share data with your family and friends. One cloud storage provider, Dropbox, allows you to make links of the files in your folders so you can share it with different people. What is nice about cloud storage is that you can access and even modify your files wherever you are and whenever you want. All you need is an active internet connection and you are good to go.

3)  Cloud computing is not just for private individuals since you can also make use of it if you run a business. As a matter of fact, most small to medium sized businesses are moving their data to the cloud since it allows them to be more efficient and also save money in their business processes. If you are a small business owner, you can move your data and other business needs to the cloud and not have to worry about getting your own data infrastructure or hiring an IT team.

4)  When it comes to security, the cloud happens to have that covered. You are usually given a password to your account and it is up to you who you share it with. If you check your email daily then you have some idea of how the cloud keeps your data secure although you will want to make sure that the company that provides your cloud computing service is also top-notch.