Sometimes these techy terms stump us but we see them everywhere and we want to know what they mean. YGL presents, Techy Word of the Day where we break down what it means and why it’s so important.
Today’s word is:
What is it?
The Internet is a network of networks, which provides software and hardware infrastructure to establish and maintain connectivity of the computers around the word, while Cloud computing is technology that delivers many types of resources over the Internet. Therefore Cloud computing could be recognized as a technology that uses the Internet as the communication medium to deliver its services. The Internet can exist without the cloud, however global cloud computing cannot exist without the internet.
Why is it important?
One reason is you normally get lots of storage for little to no cost. So all those vacation photos you have from the Caribbean can be placed into the cloud which frees up significant space on your computer. Still want to access your photos to send to family? Not a problem as most cloud (or internet) based programs allow you to share directly from their website. For companies a hosted or cloud-based solution is often the much better way to go because it allows them to store large amounts of data without assuming the IT burden surrounding the data security and back-up, along with the costly maintenance of servers/hardware in a designated and safe hosting environment.