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The cloud, or cloud computing, is a type of storage that uses a network of physical locations to store software, hardware and services that run on the internet rather than on your device. The cloud is an all-encompassing term that includes multiple “clouds” that are run by businesses, universities and the government.
Cloud providers offer cloud services, such as online applications, data storage, infrastructure, computing power and software-as-a-service (SaaS), delivering applications to end users via the internet.
Most people are familiar with cloud services for consumers, such as Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Netflix, which store photos, documents, contacts and other information. And there are a growing number of business applications available in the cloud, including business intelligence and analytics applications.
Unfortunately, besides benefits, the Cloud also has some disadvantages. Because the internet is necessary to access the information stored in the cloud, you can be restricted from accessing your data if there’s no internet or a poor internet connection. This can also occur with technical issues or outages on the server-side. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud do occasionally have outages. And not all data can go to the Cloud – regulatory compliance issues may prevent some data from moving there.
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