What is the cloud?

Did you know that 94% of companies are using cloud services (zippia)?

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This number is continuing to quickly grow. Yet understanding what the cloud exactly is, can get complex fast.

This number is continuing to quickly grow. Yet understanding what the cloud exactly is, can get complex fast. This article will help you have a strong understanding of the basics of just what exactly the cloud is. This will allow you to have a strong foundation to build upon and also the knowledge to explain in an easy way just what it is. 

When you initially think about the cloud, you can't help but think of a big fluffy white cloud.  However, if we were to actually describe what ‘the cloud’ looks like, it would be a big room filled with servers.

Why do we need the cloud?

To understand the benefits of the cloud, let's go through a real world example. Imagine if all of your photos, documents, and messages could only be accessed through the physical device they are stored on. This would cause a huge headache for when you wanted to access them between your phone and computer. This is where the cloud comes in. As long as you have an internet connection, you can access your files on the cloud. 

Instead of a company having to buy and maintain, fix and secure your own server, you can hire a large company such as Amazon or Google to take care of all this for you. They also would take care of ensuring your data is secured and maintained. Similar to electricity  in your home, these companies offer the ability to pay as you go based on the amount of server usage. If you have a large month with a lot of traffic, you will pay more. If the following month of little traffic, you pay less. 

By businesses being able to rely on these companies to maintain and manage servers for them, it allows businesses to focus on their actual missions instead. 

Next time someone asks you about the cloud here are 3 things to remember about it: 

  1. There are three major types of cloud computing. This includes: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). 
  2. There are three main types of cloud computing deployments: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. 
  3. The public cloud adoption is continuing to accelerate. With the top challenge in cloud migration being the navigation in understanding application dependencies. (Flexera)