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Understanding cloud computing: the ins and outs of a new paradigm




Cloud computing has taken the world by storm.

For businesses and individuals alike, it has become the standard when it comes to storing massive amounts of data and maintaining solid IT infrastructures.

However, many people don’t know what it actually is. For a lot of people, it probably seems like all of their pictures, videos and files are being uploaded and stored in an actual cloud floating somewhere in the sky.

But that’s not even close to the truth.

Cloud based computing is actually quite complex. For instance, whenever you upload something online – whether it’s a picture or a video – that file doesn’t go into space, it actually gets stored in massive data centers that span across many regions in the world.

They’re basically like giant storage facilities, only instead of being filled with boxes and old antique furniture, they’re filled with rows of giant super computers that go on forever like bookshelves in a library.

It’s becoming the safest way to store information since files get dispersed all throughout these data centers. If one file gets corrupted there is always another one existing somewhere else.

While this method of storage has been around since the 1940s, we’re only now reaping the benefits of it as we are finding better and more efficient ways to store data.

For the most part, government agencies and large companies run these data centers for private and business applications.

You may already be familiar with the kinds of services being offered today such as Nextiva, Dropbox, Amazon, and more.

These are called public clouds, different from private and hybrid clouds in that they’re owned by cloud service providers. They offer the highest level of efficiency as they create applications and storage available to the general public over the internet.

For the most part, people opt for basic free cloud services. However, businesses and IT firms tend to invest more in better cloud services that will allow them to increase productivity and streamline workflow.

So what makes a good service provider?

Well, it depends on your needs and what you’re looking to get out of the service. For the most part basic cloud services like Dropbox and Amazon offer just the necessities for cloud storage.

Other services like Nextiva offer more advanced applications and tools that are specifically tailored for businesses. Things like more team collaboration, security measures and better customer service ensures efficiency and safety for large and small businesses.

Finding the cloud that’s right for you is really a matter of discovering what your preferences are and what your situation is.

The world of cloud computing is most often taken for granted. To think that in this day and age we can store seemingly infinite amounts of data in places all across the globe would have seemed like magic to people in the past.

It will be interesting to see where the world of cloud computing will go next. Who knows, with advancements in machine learning and AI, cloud computing could become something straight out of a science fiction novel.

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