Cloud Computing Series
Part 1 – Introduction

Keep hearing about “the cloud”, but are hesitated to inquire as to what it actually entails? We are here to help you. We have decided to run a series on Cloud computing for next few issues that will assist you in understanding what the cloud is, different types of clouds, their adoption, Pros/Cons, and its future. 

What is the cloud? Where is it located? Currently, are we in the cloud? All of these queries have probably been posed to you or may be heard of. The term “Cloud Computing” is the term that is often used everywhere nowadays.

Let’s begin by defining cloud computing in layman terms: Cloud computing is using internet to store, access and secure networking hardware, data servers, applications and software  Pay-as-you-go rentals are available for a number of cloud services, including applications, storage, and processing power. The PCMag Encyclopedia defines it succinctly as “hardware and software services from a provider on the internet.” You can save money by not needing to buy local storage servers as a result. The only basic necessity for getting into the cloud is internet connectivity.

As a user, you may never know what kind of massive data processing is taking place on the other end of a connection in a data center that consumes more power in a day than your entire town does in a year. The end result is the same: With an internet connection, cloud computing can be done anywhere, anytime.

The name “cloud computing” has been used since the early 2000s, although the idea of “computing as a service” dates back to the 1960s, when computer bureaus allowed businesses to rent time on mainframes rather than having to purchase one themselves.

These “time-sharing” services were mainly replaced by the development of the personal computer (PC), which made owning a computer much more accessible. This was followed by the emergence of corporate data centers, which allowed businesses to store enormous amounts of data.

But the concept of renting access to computing power has resurfaced again and again – in the application service providers, utility computing, and grid computing of the late 1990s and early 2000s. This was followed by cloud computing, which really took hold with the emergence of software as a service and hyperscale cloud-computing providers such as Amazon Web Services.

However, the idea of renting access to computer power has often come up, including in late 1990s and early 2000s utility computing, grid computing, and application service providers. Cloud computing came next, and it truly took off with the appearance of software as a service (SaaS) and hyperscale cloud-computing providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Continue reading more about cloud computing in the next post since we shall be running the CLOUD COMPUTING series for a few issues.

(To Be Continued) …