What Is the Cloud?
With all of this talk about “the cloud" and how it is going to revolutionize the computer industry, it might be a good idea to understand what it is, exactly. In its most basic form “the cloud" refers to an offsite data server that offers programs and storage to a remote client--but what does that mean? It means that instead of buying a copy of a piece of software on a disk and installing it on your computer you can access the same program over the internet and not have to store the program in your computer's memory.
The implications are that user end clients, whether they be individuals or businesses, will not have to have large hard drives to store information, nor will they have to spend hundreds of dollars on programs that they may only use once or twice. All these things will be housed off site, in a secure setting, and be accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week from any location on the planet with an Internet connection.
These are simply the basics of “the cloud." We have compiled a list of sources that will give you a more in-depth look into these facets of cloud computing covering the history of the cloud all the way up to the current advantages and disadvantages of a cloud-based service.
What Is Cloud Hosting?
How to Use the Internet as a Second Computer
Linux and Cloud Computing
History of Cloud Computing
The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing