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What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? It is safe to say that we are in the cloud now? These are all inquiries you've likely heard or even asked yourself. The expression "cloud computing" is all over the place.

Moving to the cloud. Running in the cloud. Data storgae in the cloud. Accessing files from the cloud: nowadays is appears as though everything is occurring "in the cloud". But what precisely is the idea behind cloud computing?

Cloud Computing Definition 

"Cloud computing depicts the act of storing, processing data and handling of information online — rather than all alone in a physical PC or system.

A type of internet-based computing, Cloud computing refers to delivery of computing services over the internet or "the cloud" instead of using local storage and computing. The different computing services include servers, storage, databases, networking, software, applications, and analytics. Cloud computing eliminates the need for hardware acquisition, maintenance, installation of software.

The short answer is that it's a place at the other end of your internet connection where you can access apps and services and store all your data securely. Cloud computing is a model for conveying data and information in which assets are retrieved from the web through web-based tools and applications rather than a direct connection to a server. Cloud computing isn't really new, it's been around since the 1950s, cloud computing has emerged as one of the most talked about subjects in business IT over the past few years, so why is it such a hot topic right now?

Three reasons: Why the cloud is such a big deal for businesses?

  • No additional time or effort required on your part to maintain or manage 
  • You never have to worry about running out of space since it's effectively infinite in size
  • Cloud-based applications and services can be easily accessed from anywhere without any hassel – all you need is a device with an Internet connection.

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