First, what is this “cloud” everyone keeps talking about?
The cloud is a new term for a pretty old idea. The cloud simply refers to applications and data running in a data center that is not located on your organizations premises. Back in the day of large mainframes, companies would offer compute cycles of their mainframes to other companies. In the late 1990’s, ASP (Application Service Provider) was the trendy buzzword. Later, SaaS (Software as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and hosting were all used to describe this same idea. Today, we refer to it as the cloud. In actuality, most people have used the cloud in their daily lives without even realizing it. If you have or had an email account with AOL, Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo or any other email service, then you have utilized the cloud. Read more