What is Cloud Technology & How Does it Work?

| February 11, 2014

What is Cloud Technology, How Does it Work, & Why Should You Care?

The Internet and major technical circles are all abuzz about this “cloud” phenomenon. At first encounter, the cloud seems like a vast and vague idea understood by only the most technically advanced in the industry. However, the cloud is actually one of the most simplistic, valuable, and versatile tech products currently available for both companies and individuals. Here is a closer look at what it is and how it can help your company save time and money.

What is the Cloud?

The cloud is a virtual server that is, in essence, without limit. It can be expanded to fit virtually any and all data in almost all formats (media, text, and compressed files) that need to be stored outside of a physical server or in place of a physical server. Many individuals use the cloud to store their music and videos so that it doesn’t take up space on their physical hard drive. Many companies use it to store secure patient, client, or customer data, to sell their products without a physical location; the list goes on.

What is Cloud Technology?

Cloud technology refers to any device or system that can be used to access the cloud, upload to or download from the cloud, or manage data within an individual or company’s public or private cloud. In the simplest terms, cloud technology is the phrase used to describe how people are accessing their clouds.

How Does It Work & What Does It Mean to You?

The most common example of cloud technology at work in the business sector is when an employee accesses their company’s cloud through their smartphone, tablet, or laptop. In the last decade, many companies have invested in and started to reap the benefits of initiating a Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, program in their offices after transferring their data from a physical server to a private cloud.

Although it does require a sizeable investment of time and money to make the transition, cloud computing can save significant time and money in the long run by eliminating the need for a physical server that can easily run out of space as the company grows, a place to house that server so it does not overheat, and company-issued computers, laptops, and smartphones that can consume countless IT hours in repairs and monitoring.

What is cloud technology and how can it help your company specifically? Talk with one of our specialists today to find out more and get started!