Cloud computing 101

If you need to build something, you must raze it down, in order to rebuild it better and stronger. The same thing can be applied to knowledge. Sometimes you must go back to start, to the very base and foundation of certain matter, in order to understand it better. Therefore, let us return to the basics of cloud computing, in order to see what really it is.



“Cloud” was just one of the expressions used to describe the Internet a few years back. But since then, it gained more refined meaning, which he has today. People assume that it is named that way because it may not be visible all the time, but it is still there. Today, when someone is talking about the cloud, it is usually thought about certain services and storage space available online.

What is it, in fact?

If we had to explain the cloud in one word, it would be availability. Accessible from any place at any time, it is always at your disposal. Now, it can be a service, for example a program which your company uses, or your personal storage space, so you can upload photos, videos, documents or music as you please. Though its purpose varies greatly, online access from multiple locations remains the same, so that is common for all of those.

Who uses it?

Although majority of cloud users are companies and business owners, it also has its private purpose. For example, I have made an online folder on Google Drive, and I am sharing it with my girlfriend. There, we may upload our pictures we both like, without worrying that we will lose a DVD, or that our USB drive will get erased. Also, if I want to, I can make a nice video, and share it with her, to make a surprise. At the same time, I am sure that no one will see our private photos, for many services, including CloudsWave and Google Drive, will encrypt your data, so any intruders will be left empty handed.

Why using it?

First of all, it is cheap. Majority of companies offering these kinds of services have nominal wages when it comes to cloud computing. Storage space is the cheapest, for DropBox and Google Drive are completely free and in case that you wish more space or broader support, it is only a few clicks away. In addition, sooner or later, you will be directed to some kind of cloud service, so if you start using it as soon as possible will be beneficial for you.


Do you need special equipment?

No, on this matter, things are pretty clear and easy. All you need is a computer with an access to the Internet. Additional applications, if needed can be downloaded from the official site of specific platform. Also, many manufacturers are doing their best, in order to create multi-platform service, which benefits both to them as well as the user. The company gets wider array of users, while people using their service may utilize Windows powered computer, iOS powered tablet, along with Android powered smartphone.

To summarize all, it is no wonder that cloud services are so popular these days. People see the advantages this approach has, and they are using them daily. One thing though, is certain, and that is that cloud is here to stay, and it will, hopefully for a long period of time.

About: Dan Radak

Dan Radak is a Cloud Computing security professional. Currently employed as a consultant in couple of Web Hosting companies. Lately, he has been interested in web design. In his free time he likes travelling. You can reach him on Twitter.

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