You’ve heard the term “the cloud” but what is it, and how does it relate to our industry?
It seems these days everyone is talking about “the cloud” and its endless capabilities. But, what is the cloud and how does it relate to our industry and customers? Microsoft gives a description of what the cloud is. “The definition for the cloud can seem murky, but essentially, it’s a term used to describe a global network of servers, each with a unique function. The cloud is not a physical entity, but instead is a vast network of remote servers around the globe which are hooked together and meant to operate as a single ecosystem. These servers are designed to either store and manage data, run applications, or deliver content or a service such as streaming videos, web mail, office productivity software, or social media. Instead of accessing files and data from a local or personal computer, you are accessing them online from any Internet-capable device—the information will be available anywhere you go and anytime you need it.”
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