In today’s fast moving and fast paced world the words “cloud computing” is a term thrown around often, and often out of context and in disparate ways. You might have often found yourself asking questions like what is a cloud? Am I in the cloud? How does the cloud work? Fear no more, we are here to decode the mystery that is cloud computing.
What is cloud computing?
In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications.
How does cloud computing work?
Cloud computing uses networks of large groups of servers typically running low-cost consumer PC technology with specialized connections to spread data-processing chores across them. This shared IT infrastructure contains large pools of systems that are linked together. Often, virtualization techniques are used to maximize the power of cloud computing. However, most servers use coal-based energy sources that are not environmental friendly and contribute to almost 2% of the total carbon footprint.
Private Cloud vs Network Cloud?
Private cloud is the phrase used to describe a cloud computing platform that is implemented within the corporate firewall, under the control of the IT department. A private cloud is designed to offer the same features and benefits of public cloud systems, but removes a number of objections to the cloud computing model including control over enterprise and customer data, worries about security, and issues connected to regulatory compliance.
Network cloud cloud refers to a public or semi-public space on transmission lines that exists between the end points of a transmission. Data that is transmitted across a WAN enters the network from one end point using a standard protocol suite such as Frame Relay and then enters the network cloud where it shares space with other data transmissions. The data emerges from the cloud — where it may be encapsulated, translated and transported in myriad ways — in the same format as when it entered the cloud.
What is cloud backup?
Backup means to back up data from your hard drive to a remote server or computer using a network connection. Online backup technology leverages the Internet and cloud computing to create an attractive off-site storage solution with little hardware requirements for businesses of any size.
How does cloud backup work?
Using a high-speed Internet connection, specific files or the entire contents of a hard drive are backed up to the online storage provider’s system using a Web browser interface. In some cases the service provider may require software to be installed on your computer, but in either scenario, the files are automatically saved to the online backup on a regular basis or files are automatically backed up when changes are made.