What is the cloud? Are people referring to the white fluffy thing in the sky? Those are the first questions you’ve probably heard or even asked yourself.
But true to its term, “cloud computing” is basically everywhere, just like the clouds.
Traditionally, we store everything on our computer’s hard drive. Now, this process can be done over the Internet, and this is cloud computer. The internet, is therefore termed as the Cloud.
Cloud Computing is nothing about our hard drives. When we store data or run a programme directly from our computer drives, it is called local storage. Problem about this is that you would need the items physically close to you. If it happens that you are called suddenly up for a meeting and you forgot your laptop, you have zero access to any of your information stored in your local storage.
For “cloud computing,” you are able to access your data or your programs over the Internet synchronize your data with other information over the Web. Now all your information would be at the tip of you fingers “literally”. One of the most common use of Cloud would be the Google Drive.
Google Drive is a 100% cloud computing service with all the storage found online. The online storage works together with its apps: Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Google Drive is accessible on multiple devices: desktops; tablets like the iPad or even on smartphones. There are separate apps for Docs and Sheets, as well. In fact, most of Google’s services could be considered cloud computing: Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and so on.
All that have been shared so far links everything to online. For sure you would wonder what happens when you’re somewhere without a connection and you need to access your data. Cloud computing starts expanding its services offline. Bringing back to Google, you could plot out your travel map on My Maps, and make that Map made available offline. This way, whether or not you have internet, you can access to your data.