What Is The Cloud?

To many (if not most) individuals across the world, when they hear the term “the cloud”, they have no real idea what it means. While it is amusing to think that there are millions of people walking around thinking that digital information is being stored in the meteorological phenomenon, it is genuinely concerning that the vast majority of the population is using a form of technology to store and share their personal information that they do not understand in the slightest. Cloud computing is something that has dominated the technological landscape for years now, and for those of us who make such liberal use of it, it would be prudent to take the time to understand just how it functions on a rudimentary level.  The term “the cloud” refers to cloud computing, a method of allowing users to take advantage of data storage and computing power resources without direct active management being required. That is the technical definition at least. However, the term is not primarily used in that way. Generally, when any given individual is talking about the cloud, they are specifically talking about data centers that have been made available to large amounts of users over the internet. These enormous clouds that have become more and more common in recent years have one primary function for which they have become known ubiquitously. They allow those who use them to not have to worry about the amount of storage space they have on whatever device they are using, so …