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What is "The Cloud"?


			 What is "The Cloud"?

I get asked this question at least once a week. The answer is pretty simple: it just means “on the internet”. That’s all it is, a fancy marketing term that means “on the internet”.

So when someone says they store their documents “on the cloud”, they mean simply that their documents are stored on the internet.

Music, Email, Documents, Backup – it doesn’t matter what it is, if it can be stored in your computer, it can be stored “in the cloud”.

Cloud backup solutions for example such as Carbonite and Mozy simply upload your information from your computer to their servers via the internet. The same is true for Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or iCloud.

Most cloud-based services provide software that make it easy to interact with that service. For example Dropbox loads software on your computer that allows you to view your documents and files just like any ‘ole folder on your computer. However anything in that folder automatically gets uploaded to Dropbox’s servers.

The next question is usually about security.

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