If you haven’t heard about cloud computing yet, God bless you: We haven’t a clue how you missed out on the barrage of hip new trends, but we sure are proud of you! However, no matter how secluded your rock may be, you’ll have to come out into the open sooner or later, and cloud computing is here to stay. Services based in “the cloud” are becoming nearly ubiquitous, rocking our computers with everything from Google to Amazon, and we don’t see it going away anytime soon. So the real question is this: What the heck does all this techno jargon mean?
We’re glad you asked! We’ve got enough expertise under our belt to give you this quick guide to common cloud computing lingo. We’ll be looking at some standard phrases, giving you the low down on what in the heck of things all this really means. Check below, and keep your thinking caps on!
“The Cloud”: So, what in the heck is a cloud, anyway? A cloud is simply a different way of storing data and information. With a cloud host, the data, software, and code you upload are stored directly on the Internet, rather than the provider’s personal intranet. This means you can get at your data from anywhere in the world, and it also means you have the option to scale up as much as you need, and to release that scalability once you’ve completed whatever task you needed. This isn’t a new way of doing things—at least not very, anyway—but referring to this process as “the cloud” has only just now become standard.
Hybrid Hosting: This is a combination for both cloud hosting and standard dedicated hosting, in which more vital information, like the operating system, is saved to the hard drive. All the other stuff you put up is saved to the cloud. This is because a dedicated server is much sturdier, as well as safer, and is better suited to holding your vitals. The cloud, on the other hand, performs better under heavy load, and is perfect for holding all the extra junk—like your graphical website—that you want the users to see.
Cloudsourcing: Rather than having a traditional IT service that handles your support, a cloud service handles all of your troubleshooting needs.