The Cloud is still a confusing concept for many people, but the truth is that many people use the Cloud without even knowing it. In fact, many smartphones now include some type of automatic upload of photos and videos to inbuilt Cloud services like Google Drive or iCloud.
How Does it Work?
One reason that many people are confused about the Cloud is because they’re not really sure where their data is stored. They know that their photos and other files go somewhere, but they are not sure where the data is stored.
A Cloud service uses data centers in various locations to store data. So, those photos that get uploaded actually get stored on a hard drive or solid state drive somewhere. In most cases, the files are stored across multiple locations and backed up multiple times across those locations in those data centers to ensure maximum redundancy and security.
Why Do You Need the Cloud?
Both personal and business computer users can benefit greatly from using the Cloud. Here are some of the biggest reasons to use such a service:
- An individual can back up their important documents, photos, and other files to the Cloud, this includes saving space on their own computer, having ongoing access to them, and not having to worry about them being lost.
- A business can use the Cloud for storage, but they can also access applications residing in the Cloud so that they have easy access to software wherever they are.
- Increased security and redundancy.
Business and the Cloud
The Cloud doesn’t just function as a storage area. It can also be used to host software that can be accessed by any authorized employee wherever they are. This even makes it possible to work from home.
In fact, the use of the Cloud as a delivery system for applications is much more common these days. In the old days, one might talk about so-called Thin clients accessing software on a mainframe, but the combination of fast broadband and access to huge amounts of storage on the Cloud makes this scenario entirely possible.