You normally hear people saying the the word “cloud” in regards to tech. You here them say “I have my data saved in the cloud”, “you back it up in the cloud”, “it’s stored in the cloud” “cloud computing” and alot more phrases. But what is the cloud really and how can it help you? Well, don’t worry no more because by the time you finish reading this, you will realize that you need the cloud more than you thought.
What is the cloud?
Let us take a situation where you have a computer, on this computer you store your music, documents, videos and other kinds of files. Still on this computer you can move, make copies to other devices, share and transfer in any way you please maybe via a network or via storage devices like flash drives.
Now, how about that same computer is connected to the Internet and you are able to manage, control, copy and move and transfer your files to anywhere without having to go to that same computer that has the files it’s self but do everything from another device like a phone, tablet or laptop. Well, that computer is called a cloud server.
The cloud is this kind of storage that is accessible on the Internet, cloud servers are real computers specifically set for storing of information and they are always connected to the Internet making it possible for anyone using them to access their data anytime anywhere. Companies setup these kinds of computers for your.
The cloud or the word cloud is that process of being able to manage your data remotely or over the Internet on managed servers.
When you use the cloud, you can be assured that your files are stored in a safe place and you will not have to worry about loosing your data. Companies that offer cloud services store your information on different server all over their world. So even if there is a failure on servers in one location, your data can be retrieved from servers in a different location.
The cloud does not only do only file storage and retrieval, there is also something called cloud computing. All your computing needs from hosting websites or apps, databases, storage and more is taken care of for you through cloud companies, they setup the infrastructure for you and you rent them at a smaller price.
So how does the cloud help you.
What you can do with the cloud is countless, it is more like the sky is the limit or even not the sky but you. Bellow am going to outline same of the ways how the cloud can help you:
File Back Up,
Cloud storage is a great backup tool. When you store data on a cloud server you can rest assured that your data or flies are stored in a safe location. Since cloud backup data on different servers, you almost be certain there will be no loss of your data like in case when you save your files on your own computer or on flash-drives.
Obviously having a to store your data in the cloud, you can mange it anytime, anywhere and on any device. So you always have access to your data, you can edit and delete it anytime as you would please. All you need is access to the internet.
Companies have set up cloud servers which are managed 24 7 to store huge amounts of data for people all over the world, so with that you are almost sure that your data is stored safely. These companies make sure that your data is secured with the latest software. They always make sure they secure your data 24/7 and in any case of of a data breach, they always have teams that make sure that your data is not compromised.
If you are an organisation or a team of people, most of the times you need to share data. With the cloud this can easily be done by team members having to just access the cloud server. In this kind of scenario, you just provide your team members access to certain data with limited privileges, you can increase or decrease the power of certain users or members they have over your data, this is always a great thing when it comes to collaboration.
On a cloud server there is convenience, you call manage your files or data in one place. Hosting, managing databases, managing your team members, all this can be done in one place. All you have do is connect to the server.
The money needed to setup your own private servers is huge. Think of the cost you would have to incur in paying people that manage the server, the cost of software, the hardware and networking. All this would cost you huge amounts of money. But for cloud computing companies, you would pay a small monthly fee according your needs and usage.
Well, that is a little bit of introduction about the cloud, so if you still have questions about the cloud or about this article, don’t hesitate to contact me or comment it bellow.