What is “The Cloud”?
Just a few years ago, a cloud was nothing more than condensed water vapor floating around in the sky. However, with new technology, it has taken on a whole new meaning. “The cloud” is another term for cloud computing, which is the concept of storing data in an internet-based system that allows you to access data from multiple devices. Here is what you need to know.
Everyday Cloud Usage
While you can choose to just use cloud-computing software, a lot of local computing options also have cloud technology options available. For example, you can use Microsoft Office 365, which is a local software, but also have access to internet-only versions of their applications that don’t require any installations.
Some common examples of cloud computing software that most people use are:
- Google Drive: Pretty much all of Google’s services are now considered cloud computing. Google Drive is an internet storage space that works with their other cloud applications such as Google Docs and Google Sheets. You can access the data stored on your Drive from computers, smartphones, and tablets.
- Apple iCloud: Apple’s primary purpose for their cloud service is for storage, data backup, and data synchronization. However, they also include cloud-based versions of their apps such as Pages and Keynote. Unlike Google, iCloud is only compatible with Apple devices.
Business Cloud Computing
When it comes to business, there are different systems you can use to store data. The three most common options are SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.
- Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Software is licensed on a subscription basis and is hosted by one central source. Businesses that choose this option subscribe to an internet-based application to store and manage their data.
- Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): Rather than subscribe to a pre-made software, PaaS allows businesses to create their own applications. A platform is provided to construct the applications while eliminating the challenge that typically comes with launching an app.
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS): IaaS gives businesses the most control over their computing software. In addition to creating the software, businesses can manage their own runtime, middleware, and servers.
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