What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? Are we in the cloud right now? These are questions I get asked all the time and the short answer is, it's the Internet. Eric Griffith, writing for PCMag.com says, "in the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.
What cloud computing is not about is your hard drive. When you store data on or run programs from the hard drive, that's called local storage and computing. Everything you need is physically close to you, which means accessing your data is fast and easy, for that one computer, or others on the local network. For it to be considered "cloud computing," you need to access your data or your programs over the internet, or at the very least, have that data synced with other information over the web.
There is an entirely different "cloud" when it comes to business. Some businesses choose to implement Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), where the business subscribes to an application it accesses over the internet. (Think Salesforce.com.) There's also Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), where a business can create its own custom applications for use by all in the company. And don't forget the mighty Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), where players like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Rackspace provide a backbone that can be "rented out" by other companies". (For example, Netflix is a customer of the cloud services at Amazon.)
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