What is Cloud Computing?

We are here to tell you that it is not as hard as it sounds. “The Cloud” is yet another office term that has come to glamourise something that really isn’t all that glamorous. It’s the name that the people that invent ‘buzzwords’ invented for one specific reason: they needed a word to describe every piece of data that moved through the digital workspace.

If you send a document via email, it has gone through the Cloud. If you have played an online game, you are playing in the Cloud. If you use social media, you are adding content to the Cloud. Basically, the Cloud is an office buzzword name for the internet, and things that happen in the internet space. Why do you need a buzzword for that? We’re not sure, but it caught on fast.

The Cloud and Your Office

Calling the digital workspace ‘the Cloud’ caught on so fast that there are now whole businesses who use it as their focus keyword. It sounds flashier, bolder, and more advanced to say it instead of just admitting that you sent an email. To say that you sent something via cloud is classier, chicer, and let’s everyone around you know that you are business-first.

The Cloud is used in the office every day, several times a day. If you have a paperless office, then you use it more than most. It is the digital workspace that you and your teammates operate within. It covers all the information transmission capacities of any of your digital technology devices. The cloud powers your office, whether we like to admit it or not.

But during our research we found it was a little more than just the buzzword we thought it at first glance.

The Cloud as More than a Buzzword

Cloud computing is maturing. Once we give something a name, it starts to develop its own meaning. One of the ways that Cloud computing is evolving beyond its primary ‘buzzword’ status, is in the jargon that it uses. Software as a service, for example, is an aspect of Cloud Computing which encompasses the use of the internet without having to download any apps to use the service.

An idea put forth by the Economist is that Cloud Computing describes the evolution of software systems. In their version of the future, the internet will be decentralized as much as is possible, leading to internet produced as and when it is needed. We note that in later articles the same publication supports the use of Blockchain to re-decentralize computational systems.

Further proof that the Cloud is no longer just a buzzword comes in the actions of big technology firms. If you make tech that uses the IoT, and if you are a significantly large company, then you might well be seeking to buy your very own Cloud technology firm as an addon to your own business about now. This mass incorporation of software companies is a good indication that products bought and sold in the digital workspace are here to stay… even if those products are virtual ones.

The business world has been using off-site data storage for a few years now. With servers running hot and taking up space, many big businesses choose to use data storage solutions that are provided by third party companies. Information is generally sent there, and retrieved from those storage systems, via the Cloud.

That being said, the Cloud and the IoT are also two different things. Here are some of the ways that the Cloud and the IoT are a little different.

Differences between the Cloud and the Internet of Things

The Cloud isn’t just the same thing as the IoT, either.

First of all, the IoT is the term we use to describe all of the things on the internet, and all of the devices we use to connect to those things. According to Business Insider, one of the key differences between the IoT and your usual Cloud computing system, is in the connection. While the IoT features the devices and the data ready to send over the internet, the Cloud represents the digital workspace itself.

In another example of the differences between the Cloud and the IoT, one report outlines that while the IoT might be used as a term to cover the tools used in connecting to and using the apps and Cloud services, the Cloud is the data system that holds it all together. The Cloud is a remote storage location, while the IoT is everything else related to how we use the internet.

While the two are forever linked, they are different faces of the same coin.

Developing a Concept

The Cloud has become such an apt term that you can now study Cloud Computing as a separate module in a computing degree. Cloud Computing Jobs are commonplace, with companies asking for specific training in parts of Cloud technology. The idea has developed beyond a mere concept and the working world are running with it. The IT sector is more than happy to add some sparkle to a profession long since judged to be ‘boring’.

The future of the Cloud lies in categorization. It’s one thing to give a name to something that covers every aspect of internet use, but when we start breaking it down into categories, that is where we get even better specialization. For example, digital marketing is one branch of the Cloud, while messaging services are another.

What lies ahead for Cloud Computing? More specialization, greater numbers of courses, and high paying jobs if you can get them.