The “cloud” — it’s a big buzzword these days, and it’s revolutionizing how we interact with the world, and with one another.
By now, most people know it’s not a fancy new office tower, re-imagined industrial site, or even one of those pop-up hipster restaurants. It’s actually a complex network of ultra high-capacity servers, or computers, “housed in massive warehouses all over the world.” And because these servers are always updated, the programs operating through them are consistently more stable, more reliable, and more secure than traditional desktop-based software. In fact, if one server fails, other servers automatically take over to deliver virtually seamless service.
If you have a social media account, send or receive email, bank online, or use a web-based operating system like Google’s Chrome, you’re already using cloud computing.