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Tech Translation: The Cloud

10 Nov 2015 by Shay Moser

You’d think by now there wouldn’t be articles answering questions like, “What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? Are we in the cloud now? While the term, “cloud computing” is and has been a big buzzword for a while, there’s still a lot of confusion around it.

Basically, it means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet versus your computer’s hard drive. What cloud is not about is your hard drive — local storage and computing, or on premises, where everything you need is physically close to you.

The cloud is just a metaphor for the internet. Think of it as accessing information from a physical data center that’s located off premises. It’s also defined as a term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet. Cloud resources are both shared by many users and dynamically reallocated on demand, which makes it an attractive option for many businesses.

Cloud computing is the strongest technology investment sector for the third year in a row, according to the 2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey.

While cloud is nothing new and it’s growing in popularity, sometimes a video is worth watching to get clear on it:

This article originally appeared in Volume 1, Issue 1 of Technically digital magazine.