Technology is continuously advancing. And people are quickly becoming glued to their devices. Thus, there has quickly become a need for unlimited storage space. External hard drives and USB sticks served this purpose for a time. However, having to constantly add to a collection of these became too much. Cloud technology has solved this issue.
What is cloud technology?
The term “cloud” when talking about technology or computing is not new. In simple terms, “cloud” is a metaphor for the Internet. It offers a way to store data and programs online instead of on your desktop or an external hard drive. There is also no longer a need for large upfront investments in hardware. Or spending a lot of time on the heavy lifting of managing that software. With cloud technology, not only is your storage space limitless, but you can access your data practically anywhere.
This way of storing data has been more than just helpful for the everyday individual. It has reformed the way the workforce operates. With this technology, companies have a way for their entire network to access shared programs or files. Additionally, collaboration in real time is now available for companies, even from different locations.
Types of cloud computing
Not all cloud services are the same; there are different types that can help your organization based on your needs. The two main groups are public and private.
Public clouds are owned and operated by third-party service providers which deliver their services over the Internet. With a public cloud, all hardware, software and supporting infrastructure is owned and managed by the cloud provider. Additionally, it can be accessed through an account on a web browser.
Private clouds are used exclusively by a single business or organization to maintain their services and infrastructure. These can be physically located on the company’s on-site data center. Or, some companies pay a third-party service provider to host their private cloud for security reasons.
Uses of the cloud
Whether we realize it or not, the cloud is already a huge part of our daily life. If you use an online service to send email, edit documents, watch movies, listen to music, play games, or store pictures, it is likely that cloud computing is making that possible. Even though the newest cloud computing technology is less than a decade old, organizations everywhere are already embracing the technology.
At Orbis, we use cloud technology to offer our services through the software as a service (SaaS) model. If you or your organization are interested in learning more about our cloud-based solutions, do not hesitate to reach out through our Contact Us form. We are always willing to answer any questions you might have.