What Is The Cloud? Where Is It Used?

New to the Cloud? Here's what you need to know to get started.

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Did you know that the storage space of the world’s first computer was just 225 kilobytes? While we take the copious amounts of storage space on our computers and smartphones for granted these days, it is important to be curious about the Cloud, which is the future for storage devices, applications, and public and private sectors. In this article, let’s look at what the Cloud is and how it’s enabling us to shape a better future.

What is the Cloud?

Before you take it in a literal sense, no, the Cloud storage is not “actually” stored in huge masses of water droplets suspended in our atmosphere. The Cloud works because your data is stored on servers across continents, and you can access that data using the Internet. The Cloud has many advantages over a traditional data storage infrastructure. Accessibility, Savings, and Scalability are three of the most fundamental features of the Cloud.

Cloud servers

Having physical servers and maintaining them is challenging, and that’s when the Cloud helps immensely. It’s more cost-effective since you won’t need to buy hardware, and it’s also good for the environment and savings as the electricity required to run the servers is also saved. Not to mention, it also saves a lot of time.

Scalable, Accessible, And Cost Effective

It’s highly scalable, meaning if your firm needs more storage space, you’re only a few clicks away from upgrading the storage, which is again better than having to upgrade physical servers, which is largely time-consuming and involves a lot of capital as well as manpower. It’s also accessible from anywhere.

Bonus info: Imagine that you’ve finally struck a great deal with an organization that’d require you to share some of your companies’ files with them and vice versa. Cloud makes collaboration much easier and more efficient.

Last and one of the most crucial things, your applications or data on the Cloud will be accessible 24×7 throughout the year. If you have an application running on the Cloud, the app can be distributed across multiple servers around the globe. Hence, if one of the servers goes non-functional, the other server will act as a backup.

Some of the famous firms that provide Cloud storage and services are Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and Google (Google Cloud Platform). Of course, there are many other companies, but these are by far the most popular ones.

There’s a lot more to the Cloud than what meets the eye, but these are the things you need to know to get started with the same. Got any questions or suggestions? Drop them in the comments section below.

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Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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