Everywhere you turn recently someone is talking about 'the cloud', an illusive abstract place where data goes to live and consumers don’t have to store onsite. However 'the cloud', or more accurately cloud computing, is a much more in depth process than meets the eye. It is not just a place to store data but an all encompassing interactive network of software, applications, and information stored on a server.
The cloud is a service that needs to have a platform, an infrastructure, and storage. That is where data centers come into play. All across the world data centers are springing up to support the need for more data space as more companies move to cloud computing. These data centers remotely store a company’s software and data which they can connect to via their network using the technologies that support and interact with the cloud such as virtualization and colocation.
Cloud computing offers flexibility to companies moving toward more mobile technologies. With tablets on the rise in the workplace, information needs to be accessible wherever and whenever. The reliability of data centers and their cloud services offers connectivity to the network no matter where someone is. This is particularly handy for anyone who spends a lot of time working in the field.
Much of what consumers use on a daily basis falls under the public cloud as resources are delivered through the Internet via applications. This is from where many stream video or music, gather their emails from in webmail services, or interact with when they are using Google Maps. The information from say, Netflix or Hulu is not being stored on the computer, it is in a data center streaming to the computer through the cloud and the provider’s services.
The private cloud has a variety of variations. Ultimately it is a service on a private server, The private cloud is increasing in popularity for enterprises due to its more reliable nature since it is in house, does not rely upon an Internet-based service, and offers more control over data. Private clouds operate with a secure network as opposed to public clouds that typically run a network on a software platform.
The cloud, whether public, private, enterprise in nature, or used for media is in a transition to widespread use and acceptance as the new norm for IT operations. As people transition into cloud computing is important to search for services and centers that offer secure hosting and reliable support.
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