What is the Cloud?

CLOUD COMPUTING
Almost every person around the world uses the internet. The internet has affected our societies globally and made it easy for humanity to interact and conduct business. However, very few people are familiar with the terms used in the technology behind the internet. Some people may shy away from asking because the meaning of some of these names seems evident while others couldn’t care less knowing what these terms mean – the non-tech people. In this digital era that we live in, it’s advisable to familiarize yourself with current world trends because you never know how it could impact you.

Most technology companies are not clearly explaining these terms to their customers. This article will cover the most commonly used words out there that are associated with the internet but that puzzle many people.

The Cloud.
What comes to your mind when tech companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple say that they store your data in the cloud or that you can work in the cloud? Most of us think that it’s the fuzzy clouds above us. Luckily, cloud computing has nothing to do with the clouds in the sky. Your data is not stored in the clouds. It is stored somewhere on the ground by huge warehouses located all over the world that house hub computers that store your data. Servers wirelessly interconnect these computers. Now that we have defined what “the cloud” is let’s look into the meat of cloud computing.

How was cloud computing invented?
Cloud computing has only entered the computing world in the last ten years or so, but the idea behind its creation has been around for decades. Simply said, cloud computing is a process of sharing resources to improve performance. It means using a network of computers to store and process information, instead of using one computer.

Back in the days of the early computers, computer mainframes the size of an average room, were used by individuals to log on to a Dumb terminal to use the mainframe’s computing power. These terminals were useless without the mainframe. They did not have any processing power. This analogy of sharing processing power is comparable to how cloud computing works on the internet. Cloud computing has diversified into having a global infrastructure of data centers to provide tremendous processing power instead of relying on one mainframe.

The first revolution in cloud computing was brought forth by Steve Jobs, one of the core founders of the Apple Electronics in the year 1996. One could store their files in the cloud and access them from any device. The technology proved that you could upload a file, access it from another machine, make changes to the data, and upload it back and still be able to access it from any device.

As you can see, the idea of cloud computing revolves around one feature: storage.

The future of cloud computing
About ten years ago, computer manufacturers got persistent in making robust computers with high-speed internet connections. As time went by smart phones with the same features were introduced and today we have smart phones with high processing power comparable to a laptop. These high internet speeds have brought about devices’ presence online. Engineers are currently working on devices that don’t need hard drives for storage, and all one needs is to connect online to access their files and run their software. This means that we won’t need to worry much about the hardware specifications of a computer since the network and cloud computing will do all the work.

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