What the hell is cloud computing?

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One of our aims is to explain the tech jargon, so you know what is going on. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss cloud computing with help and reference to various other techies out there. Starting with an excerpt from an article of the Internet of Everything’s (http://www.futureofeverything.io) website:

“In recent years there’s been a lot of talk about cloud computing and cloud storage specifically, like the Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and DropBox. But, what is cloud computing?

Google will tell you:

“Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.”

What that means for consumers is all of your files are in one place that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection. What that means for businesses is a workspace their entire team can interact in regardless of where they are in the world.

But, is simple file storage the only use consumers will have for the cloud? And for businesses, will SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS come to dominate the market?”

So. what does this all mean? Saas, Paas, Laas – more things we’re meant to understand. Here is an explanation from the tech wizards at www.jisc.ac.uk:

“Cloud computing in a nutshell

Cloud computing is a portmanteau term encompassing everything from infrastructure as a service (essentially renting someone else’s server equipment) through to software as a service (typically websites that someone else runs for you). In the middle, there is a platform tier providing the micro-services that power the likes of Android and iPhone apps, and also many web-delivered services.

A cloud allows users to access application, information, and data of all sorts on an online level rather than by use of actual hardware or devices. A company offering reliable cloud technology allows for computing to be done in a much more shared way, as a cloud provides a service rather than a product. Users get and share their information in a way that can allow them to access and give access to the whole world or any groups of people within their cloud.”

We hope that has helped you to understand what cloud computing is. We hope that you’ll be able to make more informed decisions.

Here at Think Cirrus we’re a Microsoft Cloud Partner – this means we can get hands on and really support with your cloud services. According to a new Microsoft report you’re all now thinking about the cloud before anything else… if you have an internet connection, you can work safely and secure anyplace, anytime.

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