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Welcome to the Cloud The Home of Gmail Facebook Twitter and More

Author: ITS

Posted on Mar 2, 2011

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , Geek Speak

Ever heard the term “Cloud Computing” and wondered what it’s all about? Believe it or not, you probably know a lot more about this tech term than you give yourself credit for. Most of us have been riding the “Cloud” for years through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and more. But what exactly is “Cloud Computing”, and what makes it so unique? This blog will hopefully help clear the air on “cloud” talk and put your mind at ease about using this increasingly popular online service.

To put it plainly, “Cloud computing” refers to performing computer tasks using services that are delivered over the internet, or, as we like to call it, in the “cloud”.  In other words, instead of having your files and software stored directly on your computer, it’s provided to you as a service and accessed over the internet.

As an example, consider Gmail and Hotmail, two popular cloud-based services that many have been using for years. Both of these email services are hosted by third-party servers (eg. Google and Microsoft) rather than being stored directly on your computer. This is why you are able to access these services from anywhere, whether it’s from a computer lab at your school, your computer at work, or your personal laptop in an airport in another country.

Another benefit of being in the Cloud is online file storage. Have you ever spent hours working on a project or assignment, only to have your computer stop working right before you were supposed to hand it in, causing you to lose access to your hard drive and all of your files? Well, cloud computing allows you to also store files online and access them from anywhere, on any computer.  On top of that, cloud services don’t require any special software for you to use them. Gone are the days of worrying about misplacing your memory key; thanks to the “cloud”, all you need to worry about is what you’re going to say in your next tweet.