What Exactly Is the Cloud?
Just when technology started getting easier, BAM! Everyones talking about the cloud. What is it? Where is it? Can I touch it?
The Cloud Defined
The “Cloud” is a general term used for wireless computing. More specifically, software synchronization, global access to your files and next generation technology.
If you have a smart phone, then you’re already using the cloud. Android and iOS software have a slew of features that incorporate the cloud to make everyday life easier. From GameCenter syncing game data between your devices to Google Apps storing all those .xls files. Anything that can be accessed wirelessly at your convenience is utilizing the cloud.
The Physical Cloud
When I tell people about the cloud, I almost always get asked “Where is it at?” Technically, the cloud is stored on giant data farms all around the world. Apple is known for powering it’s cloud on solar technology. Other service providers rent or build “data farms” offshore and overseas.
The Future of the Cloud
Going forward, we can expect to see more systems converting to cloud computing. It’s just easier. For example, a group of techies in California are working on a way to run powerful software like the Adobe Creative Suite via Cloud technology. Other companies use Cloud computing to keep their employees in sync and improve efficiency. Regardless of it’s form factor, It’ll be exciting to see how Cloud computing can make every day life easier as we continue to explore it’s capabilities.