What is the Cloud?
In the most basic sense, the term “the cloud” is use as a allegory for the internet. If you think about the internet as a tool that connects people across the world in a virtual location, it’s similar, in a sense, to a cloud through which information is shared via networks.
Cloud computing, then, references shared resources, software, and information via the internet. The information and data is housed in either physical or virtual servers; or both. Those servers are sustained and managed by a cloud computing provider. Organizations and individuals access the information that they have stored in the cloud through a connection to the internet.
Cloud Computing Services
There are three main types of cloud computing services, which include:
- Software as a Service, or SaaS
- Platform as a Service, or Paas
- Infrastructure as a service, or IaaS
There are various ways in which individuals and organizations can save, store, and access their data, thanks to cloud computing. For example, data no longer have to be stored and accessed on a specific device; rather, data can be stored and accessed from any device that has a secure connection to the internet. There are various types of cloud storage service providers, and many of them provide free storage. Examples include Google Docs, Dropbox, and Backblaze.