What is Cloud, in Five Letters

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How can five letters leave you so confused, like your head’s in the clouds? Well, when you’re talking about something that you can’t see, is indeterminable in size, and exists “in the clouds,” it’s understandable why people are confused by it. So, we’ve broken down the cloud in five letters:
C, L, O, U, D.

An Explanation of the Cloud in Five Letters (CLOUD)

C – Computing. Cloud, or more formally known as “cloud computing,” is the practice of using a network of remote servers, “the cloud,” to store, manage, and/or process data rather than on a local network server or a personal computer’s hard drive.

L – Lots of storage. When you think of the cloud, think big, really big. That’s because the cloud is enormous – seemingly infinite – in how much information it can store. Though no one knows exactly how much information large cloud-based services can store, it is estimated to be one Exabyte, or a billion gigabytes. That’s the equivalent of 4.2 million laptop computer hard drives.

O – Online information exchange. In the past, people not connected through the same network would have to send, and then download information to share it, or be on a physical computer or server in their building. Cloud computing allows people to access the same applications, folders, and information through the Internet. While online, information transfer can occur between the computer and the cloud, so downloads, uploads and information exchanges happen simultaneously, no matter where the computer is physically located.

U – Uploads. Computers connected to the cloud can have new software uploaded and installed without the assistance of the user. Software upgrades and security updates can happen automatically.

D – Data. When using the cloud, data is stored off-site, so no back up is needed. Web browsers and email are not run on servers which decreases exposure to most virus attacks. In the event of a data loss due to a natural disaster or other unforeseen issue, information can be recovered and easily restored.

So, there you have it – five very beneficial components of the cloud in five letters.

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