Have you ever heard about “the cloud”? Yes, you most probably have, it’s everywhere. Everybody knows about “the cloud”.
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But do you know what “the cloud” is? That’s the real question in all of this. Like Jason Segel once said: “Nobody understands ‘the cloud’! It’s a mystery!”
Well, for clearing up that mystery, let’s start saying that “the cloud” is used by sites like Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube; and it exists in wide-ranging data centers accessible via the internet.
The so-called “cloud” it’s a collection of networked computer hardware that works composedly to offer numerous features of computing in the shape of online services. All of it is hardware that you can’t touch physically, but control it via web interfaces.
One of the essential characteristics of the cloud is virtualization. For further explaining this, virtual machines are formed with software that sections the computing power, memory and storage of the machine at hand into multiple smaller units, each running their own operating system. The virtualization allows computing resources to be shared and allocated efficiently across the cloud.
Now, now, let’s get into what “cloud computing” is. This is a general term that is better divided into three categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).
IaaS is where great, prominent companies like Amazon and Google hire out vast computing infrastructure to other companies. Meanwhile, PaaS are online spaces where creators produce online applications for precise sets of users, and SaaS is where clients use the software on top of the internet. Actually, Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail are SaaS cloud applications, they are where thousands, and even millions, of users, can interact with the same bit of information at the same time.
So, where your stuff goes when on the cloud?
The answer is quite simple: data centers.
All that you’ve uploaded into the cloud, will upload into the cloud, and have run and will run from the cloud, subsists on given servers and stowage volumes contained in big storerooms, the latter which are habitually located on properties filled with such storerooms. These data centers are maintained by cloud service benefactors, and they are the ones in charge of preserving the servers up and running. The job of all data centers, independently of how big or small they are, is to preserve your data tangibly secure from robbery and further damage and to make sure it’s accessible for each time you wish to call it up.
Once you’ve put your data in the cloud, it might be physically deposited in various dissimilar residences, areas or even continents around the globe, varying on where the service provider’s data centers are situated. In actual fact, cloud providers intentionally create numerous duplicates of the data you upload and intentionally stock it in dissimilar locations to guarantee that it won’t get damaged or be unreachable in the case that a natural disaster ensures and takes out one of the centers.
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