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Despite best efforts to explain “the cloud” or “cloud computing” it remains somewhat of a grey area! “The cloud” is one of those trendy terms tech and marketing people use but can’t clearly define. In simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data, applications and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. If you use social media or an online data drive, you’re already using the cloud without even realising it!

The cloud is not a physical thing

It’s a network of servers, and each server has a different function. Some servers use computing power to run applications or “deliver a service”. Other servers in the network are responsible for storing data. For example, when you take a picture on your smartphone, it is stored on your phone’s internal memory drive. However, when you upload the photos to Facebook or Instagram, you are uploading it to the cloud. So essentially, “the cloud” is a network of servers. Some servers provide an online service, whilst other allow you to store and access data. Without even realising it, you are using the cloud every day. From OneDrive to iCloud to Evernote, any time you store information without using up your phone’s internal data, you’re storing it in the cloud.

What are the benefits to working in the cloud?

Often, the business decision to “move to the cloud” is financially motivated. In the past, organisations would have spent significant amounts of capital expenditure (capex) buying hardware equipment, like servers, sans etc., the value of which depreciates over time. Nowadays, with cloud computing, organisations only pay for what they use (a bit like electricity!) making it easy to scale up or down depending on requirements, and very quickly saving thousands of euro per year can be achieved. Moving to the cloud allows your company to be more agile, efficient and cost‐effective with scalability being a significant advantage of the cloud model.

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