Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet). Clouds can be classified as public, private or hybrid.
Benefits of Using a Cloud
- Wide Accessibility: Information is stored as digital data across multiple servers, it allows for many users to access the data using any device with internet access.
- Speed: The User experience is not reliant on just one server (or just one physical device), allowing for real time data access and updates independent of an individual server.
- Backup/Recovery: Data is stored on multiple geographically redundant locations, allowing for automatic backup and recovery.
- Security: The data is stored locally, rather on secure encrypted hardware.