What is the Cloud?

What is the Cloud?

The phrase “the cloud” means different things to different people. The definition (or perception) often depends on ones level of IT knowledge and skill thus has many different interpretations. Being such an overloaded term it’s important to understand the audience when discussing cloud topics and tailor the conversation appropriately. At the end of this post you will know what the cloud is and be able to identify common perceptions audience members are likely to have based their level of cloud literacy.

A Common Understanding

The definition for the cloud can seem murky, but essentially, it’s a term used to describe a global network of servers, each with a unique function. The cloud is not a physical entity, but instead is a vast network of remote servers around the globe which are hooked together and meant to operate as a single ecosystem. These servers are designed to either store and manage data, run applications, or deliver content or a service such as streaming videos, web mail, office productivity software, or social media. Instead of accessing files and data from a local or personal computer, you are accessing them online from any Internet-capable device—the information will be available anywhere you go and anytime you need it.

Businesses use four different methods to deploy cloud resources. There is a public cloud that shares resources and offers services to the public over the Internet, a private cloud that isn’t shared and offers services over a private internal network typically hosted on-premises, a hybrid cloud that shares services between public and private clouds depending on their purpose, and a community cloud that shares resources only between organizations, such as with government institutions.

Many Perceptions

Let’s look at some perceptions held by a few common personas:

  • The casual tech user
  • The student
  • The IT professional

At the lowest end of cloud literacy it is simply “the internet” or some service or storage area out on the internet. Early cloud adoption for the general public took place through the use of cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Apple’s iCloud to store files offsite. Due to certain branding and marketing approaches many in this category perceive the cloud to be synonymous with these file storage services.

When my son asks what the cloud is, I know he won’t understand. So I just tell him it’s a server in Virginia.        Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

 

Others may regularly interact with technology in the office or at work. It’s not uncommon to encounter many people who know what they need to know to get the job done at work but aren’t technically knowledgeable beyond that. ….

For me personally, 7 years later, all these is just a short summary of all the promises Mr. Obama failed to deliver to America’s doorstep. Roy Fowler

 

 

nd I have to agree with him. And the funniest thing is probably that Obama still managed to accomplish pretty big steps during his Presidency. Such as the “Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare), or achieving some kind of ease of US image overseas. Anyways, the way those great Presidents Obama mentions himself has changed the country is a great comparison.

 

For me personally, 7 years later, all these is just a short summary of all the promises Mr. Obama failed to deliver to America’s doorstep. Roy Fowler

 

The Student (of technology)

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Remember the Republican response to Obama’s speech that day? One of the most famous ones was Bobby Jindal’s reaction. He just buoyed the stimulus plan that was just approved by the Congress. Even tried to mock it up, while objecting to spending “140 million US dollars for something vaguely called Volcano Monitoring…”. The irony is that next month after his words, the Alaskan volcano erupted (just as Obama’s intentions did) and covered the state for days with thick, 60000-foot ash and smoke cloud…

For me personally, 7 years later, all these is just a short summary of all the promises Mr. Obama failed to deliver to America’s doorstep. Roy Fowler

 
Like FDR, who was able to overcome the complete weakness of US federal government over private banks and financial sector in general, when dealing with the Great Depression. Or Lincoln, who held the bipartisan country together with a grip of a mountain grizzly bear.
 

For me personally, 7 years later, all these is just a short summary of all the promises Mr. Obama failed to deliver to America’s doorstep. Roy Fowler

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