These days cloud technology is used all around us, but what exactly is cloud technology, and how does it work?
Read on for a quick guide on cloud technology from leaders in marketing in North Wales.
What is Cloud Technology?
Cloud technology or cloud computing is the process of using the internet to store and access computer services that are not stored locally. Usually, this means paying a technology company to host your data or infrastructure on their specialist servers which can then be accessed remotely by you or your business.
There are several types of cloud service these companies offer. The most common would be storage; as the volume of files increases, it can become inconvenient or impossible to store them all in one place.
For example, an employee travelling for work will probably take a laptop computer, but due to size constraints these computers, will generally only have a few hundred gigabytes of space – often far less. So if access is needed to a large database or pool of resources, then it is not going to fit on the laptop.
This is where cloud technology comes into play.
Depending on the size of the service provider, the server size can be virtually unlimited. Server farms (massive groups of computers that exist to store data and host web content) can contain thousands of computers which take the burden of storing and hosting away from anyone user and centralises it.
From this point, any user accessing the server can download any files deemed necessary, from anywhere in the world, as long as they have an internet connection.
As well as storage size cloud computing offers storage security. An individual carrying the only physical copy of a file is a disaster waiting to happen. Physical storage is sometimes not much better. There have been several high profile cases where government officials have lost or misplaced vital copies of CDs or USB memory sticks. Keeping the data on the cloud removes these risks because the data is kept on secure and remote servers.
It is due to these reasons and more that cloud technology has become the industry standard for storage and hosting.