cloudsCloud is one of the tech buzzwords of the last few years but how many of us really understand, and use, “the cloud”. If we accept that the definition of cloud computing is the use of computing resources that are delivered over a network, then we are all using the cloud every time we use an app on a network connected device that has to contact a server somewhere.

In the real world though, cloud computing means storing your files online if you are a consumer or offering file storage or apps that run on distributed online server networks if you are a provider. Taking the provider scenario first, there are two levels of cloud computing. The first, offering a server/app online, has actually been around for a long time. Websites and mail servers are examples of pure cloud computing.

These days, though, cloud computing is being used to describe…

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