A decade ago, Cloud Computing was a sexy buzzword that only IT professionals understood. Nowadays, it’s a common term thanks in large part to tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Below are 5 facts about cloud computing that we thought might pique your interest.

1

It’s not actually a cloud like the one you see in the skies. Don’t laugh. We won’t name names but clients have asked this question in the past. The cloud simply means that instead of serving your data on your local hard drive or discs, we are using the internet to store data on remote servers.

2

The cloud is safer than you think. In fact, one could argue that the cloud is safer than traditional IT systems because it enables redundancy and simple data transfers (backups). Furthermore, the fact that the banking industry produces the most activity within the cloud should put you at ease. However, when it comes to new technology, people are reluctant to changing their ways and are fearful about taking the leap to the cloud. The paranoia typically is due largely to the fact that the approach itself feels insecure, with your data stored on servers and systems you don’t own or control but keep in mind that control and security are two different animals.

3

There are 3 types of cloud solutions.

  1. Public
  2. Private
  3. Hybrid

Public cloud is essential to the internet. Examples of public clouds include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), IBM’s Blue Cloud, Sun Cloud, Google AppEngine and Windows Azure Services Platform.

Private cloud storage is owned by a single company and housed in a data center. Private cloud storage implements storage virtualization within an organization, thus providing a centralized storage infrastructure that can only be accessed by the authorized nodes.

Hybrid cloud storage uses both local and off-site resources. Since this storage solution usually calls for an onsite machine, it can deliver local cache and memory as well as data deduplication and encryption, making it an appealing solution for some businesses.

4

At some point in time, odds are, you’ve used the cloud and didn’t even know it. You know that service that has been directly depositing your paycheck into your checking account every other Friday since the 90’s? That’s cloud. Have you logged into Facebook recently? That’s cloud. Order an Uber from your phone? Cloud. You get it.

5

When it comes to cloud, Amazon is king. Amazon Web Services (AWS) holds a significant lead in the number of VMs its users are running: 28 percent of respondents have more than 100 VMs in AWS, while only 13 percent have more than 100 VMs in Azure.

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