Tech Tuesday: What is 'the cloud'?




Posted on May 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 PM

What is the cloud?
Simply put, the cloud or cloud computing is another word for the internet.

When you say you have “stored something in the cloud” it is not a weather terms. It means information has been stored in a place you can’t touch on a large computer.

Explained a bit better, it will mean going back to the floppy disk or CD or USB drives that are used to save and store information.
The cloud is now that storage place. 

Another way to think of it is the act of storing pictures on Facebook, Drop Box and Instagram. The use of Pandora for music and Netflix or Hula Plus are other examples of the cloud in use.

This also means we can store, access data and programs over the internet, instead of the storing the information on your computer’s hard drive or a CD or a USB drive. 

Some advantages of cloud computing:

  1. Pictures and music are stored in a cloud so you can retrieve it from any device, multiple ones if you like. That information can be accessed on a smartphone, laptop, tablet, and other devices.  Apple, Google, etc all have a cloud service, but call it something different.
  2. Cloud computing allows for back up on various services. So, if your hard drive crashed, you can log-in on computer to one of those services.

Some things to be aware of when cloud computing.

  • Internet cost because internet data to access files or photos in the cloud.
  • Check on privacy settings.