What is “The Cloud” Exactly?
Essentially, “the cloud” is the Internet or the many servers around the world that comprise it. If someone says that a photo, word document or some other digital file is stored in “the cloud”, it means that the file is actually located on a server which you access using the Internet, rather than on “local” devices like your computer or smartphone.
The “cloud”, believe it or not, as it has come to be known, has been around for several years, and most of us already use several cloud services. For instance, if you upload your photos to the Snapfish or Shutterfly online photo services, stream music from Pandora or send emails with web-based programs, like Hotmail or Gmail, then you are an active cloud user. These popular cloud-based applications are programs that are located on servers that you access using your Internet Explorer or other Web browser.
Why all this talk about the Cloud all of a sudden?