Most of us use the “cloud” today, whether we’re aware of it or not. When we update a memo on Google Docs, post pictures on Facebook, or use the programs in Microsoft 365, we’re using the cloud. How exactly does cloud computing work? Below are some basics about cloud computing.
Simply put, cloud computing is storing and accessing data on external servers hosted on the internet rather than on a personal computer or server(s). The “cloud” simply refers to the internet, in metaphorical terms.
Let’s look at what cloud computing is not. Storing or running programs from the hard drive on your laptop is not cloud computing nor is accessing data from a server housed within your company’s building. Rather, cloud computing is storing, processing, and managing programs and data over the internet. Cloud computing can be done from virtually any internet-connected device, anywhere, anytime.
Here are some additional cloud computing basics:
- The cloud is the internet; the internet is the cloud; when you use the cloud, your computer is essentially tapping into a network of servers on the internet.
- Web apps are applications that operate in the cloud; all you need to run a web app is an internet browser (unlike a desktop app, which must be installed on your computer).
- Cloud technology has many benefits, from cost savings to added security to increased flexibility.
Let’s explore this last point—the benefits of cloud computing—in more detail.
Cloud computing saves organizations money on hardware, software, and software licenses, to name just a few areas of cost reduction. For large businesses especially, not having to maintain a server room, with its dedicated IT staff and high energy and equipment costs, can lead to significant annual savings. Software licenses and renewals are also significant expenses for many businesses—with cloud computing, these costs are reduced or eliminated. Labor is another area where cloud computing can save businesses money. Most IT pros spend a large chunk of their time administering, maintaining, troubleshooting, and upgrading equipment. Cloud computing frees up IT staff to work on projects that actually help improve and grow the business.
One of the greatest advantages of cloud computing is the remote access it provides. It’s not a stretch to say that cloud computing has fundamentally transformed many businesses, and even entire industries, by providing employees with unprecedented access to data and programs wherever they are in the world.
Hundreds of thousands of laptops and other devices are lost each year; with cloud computing you’re still able to access the data stored on lost devices, whether they are physically recovered or not. Additionally, cloud computing enables you to move or wipe data before it gets into the wrong hands.
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