What is the cloud in a computing context?

What is the cloud and how to make the most of it

At this stage of the digital evolution, we are sure you know a bit about what the cloud is within a computing context and hopefully, it’s not just when discussing the weather. 

Not this type of cloud.

The origin of the cloud in computing

Cloud computing was first feared and perceived as mystical and dangerous like out of a fairy tale. Also, there was uncertainty about security and where it was actually located.  

“It can’t just be up there, hanging in cyberspace. What will the cloud do with our computing files, and how do we get them back down again?”

What is the cloud in computing
How do I get my files down.

Most people don’t realise they are already using the cloud. Without knowing it they consume cloud computing software and services running on the internet. These services have replaced computer storage and costly servers that businesses use to hold valuable information. 

The cloud in computing originated from businesses and people demanding more efficient storing of important information. Cloud storage achieved this but must be secure, cost-effective and easier to manage than servers or external hard drives. 

Deployment of the cloud in computing

The great thing about the cloud is access to files and systems from anywhere, as long as you have a solid fibre internet connection. The power of the cloud is greater than internal office networks and you can buy as much space in the cloud as you need without running out. 

Cloud computing deployment is done in several different ways considering the following:

  • Cloud services hosting location
  • Security requirements
  • Customisation capabilities
  • Management services 
  • Online support

There are three types of cloud deployment:

1. Public deployment

With public deployment, the services are provided off-site over the internet and, although this cloud computing service is efficient, they are not as secure as private cloud services.

2. Private cloud services 

Maintained by private computing networks like Microsoft Office 360. This option offers better security measures and a sense of control but costs more.

3. Hybrid cloud services

A blend of public and private cloud services where needs are spread across various options. This option reduces costs but has challenges like integrating into other platforms.

The power of the cloud in computing

YouTube receives more than 500 hours of video footage every minute uploaded to the cloud and accessed from the cloud. You are not hosting that video on your computer or a server at the office but rather the cloud is working within a powerful computing context.

Some other cool things and a caution 

Cloud computing payments are monthly and cancelled without notice which is a cash flow positive. Also, there are a lot of cloud services available with free options and are more than sufficient but remember, these services eat through data rapidly if used on mobile devices.

Not even a meteor can stop you

If your device is destroyed by a meteor your photos, videos, music, writing, and business documents stay in tact as that information is in the cloud and accessible when logging into your new device.

Not even a meteor can stop you now.

Final thought

What is the cloud going to do for you in computing? Don’t be afraid of the cloud because it’s not pie-in-the-sky stuff and it works well and makes your business or schoolwork, or personal administration at home more efficient and safer.