What Is the Cloud?

Genesis Computing What is the Cloud

If you use online storage or the internet in general you must have heard about the cloud. Cloud computing  or simply the “cloud” is a way of  storing, managing and processing data online without having to store the data on the local machine or network.

Simply put, the cloud allows services like servers, storage, databases, networking, software, and more to be provided to a consumer through the internet.

A Brief History Of the Cloud

Over the years could computing has changed quite dramatically. But the concept of providing access to data to multiple users from around the world can be tracked back to the sixties.  During the sixties cloud computing was used to make a network to connect the users of the world and allow them to download and view data from the same sites.

This sounds a lot similar to the internet doesn’t it? Because it is, cloud computing used to be the same as the internet but over the years it has gone through a myriad of changes which included the adoption of virtualization, service-oriented architecture, autonomic, and utility computing.

Why Use The Cloud?

The information/data that you store on cloud storage can be accessed from anywhere at any time through any device, which is the main appeal of cloud computing. Anyone that uses online storage like Dropbox, iCloud and Mega are using the cloud. With cloud computing you don’t have to worry about managing the hardware, software, or have to worry about keep your data safe, the service provided in this case Genesis Computing will make sure that everything is running smoothly and maintained at all times.

There are multiple type of cloud computing services accessible to suit diverse needs. While some take into account singular clients who need to store photographs, videos, and recordings, others are made for organizations that require multiple employees to access the same data or service.

Difference Between Cloud Providers?

 

Apple iCloud

Apple’s iCloud logo, already familiar to many.

Many people at times confuse what the “cloud” and cloud services really are. As surprising as it may seem the majority of US citizens use cloud computing without realizing they are using the cloud. According to a survey by Apple, 76 percent of US respondents used some form cloud computing in the year of the survey without realizing they were actually using the cloud. Online services like Hotmail and Gmail are by definition are “in the cloud” and they have been since the 90’s.

Furthermore, many people “iCloud” Apple’s cloud service is unique in some way to the rest of the cloud services but is merely Apple’s brand name for its implementation of its own cloud services solution. Though the service does carry unique elements from Apple but as far as cloud computing is concerned “iCloud” is no different to cloud computing service like Dropbox or any other cloud service.

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