You’ve probably heard the term “cloud technology” before, but what is it? Cloud technology delivers computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
But that’s just the technical definition. In layman’s terms, cloud technology simply refers to accessing information and applications from any device with an Internet connection. That could be your laptop, smartphone, tablet—anything! And because the data is stored remotely (i.e., “in the cloud”), you can access it from anywhere in the world.
Pretty neat, huh? Keep reading to learn more about how cloud technology works and some of its key benefits.
How Does Cloud Technology Work?
To access data and applications from any device with an Internet connection, that data and those applications need to be stored somewhere…but not on your device. They must be stored on a remote server (a powerful computer that stores all the data and applications for a network).
So when you want to access a certain piece of information or run a certain application, you’re accessing it from the remote server—not your device. That’s why it’s called “cloud computing”—because the data and applications are stored in (you guessed it) the cloud!
Benefits of Cloud Technology
Cloud technology has many benefits, which is why it’s become so popular in recent years. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that it allows users to access their data and applications from any device with an Internet connection. This gives users unprecedented flexibility and mobility. For example, if you’re working on a project for work and need to step away from your desk for a meeting, you can easily pick up right where you left off on your laptop or smartphone.
Another big benefit of cloud technology is that it enables organizations to be more agile and responsive to change. When businesses are using on-premise software (i.e., software installed locally on their servers), they have to plan months or even years in advance for upgrades because installing new software can be complex and time-consuming. But with cloud-based software, new features and updates can be rolled out almost instantaneously because they don’t have to be installed locally—they’re already available on the remote server! This allows businesses to respond quickly to changes in their industry or market without going through a lengthy upgrade process.
Cloud technology has come a long way since its inception in the late 1990s. It has evolved from a niche concept used primarily by large tech companies to a mainstream solution employed by organizations of all sizes across various industries. Thanks to its many benefits—including increased flexibility, agility, and scalability—cloud computing has become one of the most popular trends in IT today. Are you ready to take your business into the clouds?