What The Hell Is Cloud Computing?

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Many of us have heard of the Cloud. It’s become part of everyday tech-speak. You may have even read about it on this blog. But what the hell is it?

Sadly it isn’t some mystical zephyr high up in the sky. The Cloud is in fact a bunch of servers dotted around the world. By uploading files onto The Cloud instead of onto your computer, the files no longer have to take up space on your hard-drive or local network and can be stored remotely in server somewhere. It’s practically solved the problem of storage – massive programmes that might once have taken up too much space on your PC can now be installed on the Cloud.

But that’s not the only lifehack that the Cloud has provided. Because your files are stored remotely via the internet, you can access them from any location or device. If you’re out the office, you can continue work on a document at home on your PC, or even on the train commute back on your smartphone. You can upload a vast library of music to the cloud and use it as a streaming service which you can listen to from your laptop or phone on the go. You can create a document on your computer that someone else can view on their tablet and digitally sign.

This is the next big advantage of the Cloud – multiple people can access the same file at once (providing they have the password). You and your accountant can open the same spreadsheet and whilst on the phone and make any edits. You can also brainstorm ideas together, give tutorials and make edits.

Many are taking training courses in Cloud computing to better make use of the technology’s capabilities (such as this course here https://www.simplilearn.com/amazon-web-services). Businesses have found that it has saved costs and sped up many tasks that before could only be done from one location or were limited by storage space. For personal use, it has also allowed people make better use of their PCs and smartphones – video game programmes such as Steam using it to store large game files and cloud-powered phone apps storing masses of information previously too big for a phone such as maps and translation software.

Of course, there is one aspect that has put a lot of users off and that is the security of no longer physically owning one’s files. The step from paper files to digital files was a big enough step for some companies – what if the computer is damaged or stolen and the files are lost? Now people are worried that cloud servers might be more susceptible to hacking.

Whilst the technology is still new, a major hack is still yet to happen. Files on cloud servers are encrypted and ‘sharded’, more secure than any file on your PC. Plus, your computer or smartphone could get stolen – no-one is going to steal a server. Just make sure that your password is secure, as with any device, and your information will forever be safe.

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