Several years ago, if you wished to store and manage data, your primary option would be to do so on your local computer or via a local server. However, cloud computing changed all of that. Over the past few years, many businesses have been turning to this solution, irrespective of their size or what industry they operate in.
So, what is cloud computing? In the most basic terms this is storing, managing, accessing, and processing your data and programs over the Internet. Essentially, ‘cloud’ is a metaphor for the Internet. For your solution to be considered a cloud one, it must require you to access your programs or data over the Internet. It is not about your hard drive or having a dedicated hardware server in residence. (more…)