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IT Terminology

Cloud Computing

Imagine having a powerful computer that you could access from anywhere, without having to own all the hardware or manage the software updates yourself. That's essentially what cloud computing offers. It's like renting a slice of a supercomputer that lives on the internet, ready to use whenever you need it. Let's unpack this innovative concept that has revolutionized the way we use technology.

What is Cloud Computing?

At its core, cloud computing is the delivery of various services through the internet. These resources include tools and applications like data storage, servers, databases, networking, and software. Rather than keeping files on a proprietary hard drive or local storage device, cloud-based storage makes it possible to save them to a remote database. As long as an electronic device has access to the web, it has access to the data and the software programs to run it.

How Does Cloud Computing Work?

Cloud computing works by allowing client devices to access data and applications stored on remote servers. These servers are maintained in large data centers around the world, operated by cloud services providers such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. These providers lease out their computing resources - storage space, processing power, and networking capabilities - to users or organizations over the internet.

When you use a cloud service, your device sends a request over the internet to the remote server. The server then processes the request, runs the necessary applications, and sends back the results. This process happens in fractions of a second, so it feels like the computing is happening right where you are, even though it's occurring at a data center possibly thousands of miles away.

The landscape of cloud computing is dominated by major providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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Types of Cloud Computing Services

Cloud computing is typically divided into three main categories:

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cost-Efficiency: Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site data centers.

Speed: Most cloud services are provided on-demand, so vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks.

Scale: The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources—for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth—right when they are needed.

Productivity: On-site data centers typically require a lot of “racking and stacking”—hardware setup, software patching, and other time-consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.

Performance: The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centers, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware.

Reliability: Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.

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The Future is Cloudy, in a Good Way

Cloud computing isn't just the future – it's the present and the entire ecosystem of digital services we use today. It keeps our emails, photos, and documents safe while making enterprise-level software and computing power accessible to small businesses and individuals alike—all while we continue our journey into an increasingly digitized world.

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