What is “the cloud” Really?
We have all seen the TV commercials boasting about the speed and reliability of the cloud, but what s it really? Essentially, the cloud is nothing more than an abstract idea for hosting files on the Internet. Put another way, it is the idea of accessing something on the Internet rather than a physical object. A good example of this is file sharing programs like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. Instead of physically moving files over like you would do with a flash drive you can have the same effect but over the Internet. Think of it as a digital locker where you can put your photos and emails and via them from any computer with an Internet connection.
Read on to learn what is the cloud?
This is part two of our look at whether or not we can trust the cloud. My last post, about service reliability in the cloud, concluded that you can. But what about the issue of data security? Can you trust the cloud to keep your data secure?
It’s a question I hear discussed a lot (yes, the people I hang out with are so geeky that this is how we pass our time) – Can we trust the cloud? It’s not an unreasonable question, but people have a hard time coming to a consensus. In part, this is because they come at the question from different directions. Some people start talking about service availability. Others start talking about data security. Both aspects are worth looking at. Today we’re going to look at service availability.