Nobody Understands The “Cloud”

Home Video Storage Then vs Now:

I’m sure a lot of you have seen the movie with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel where they make a raunchy video and accidentally save it to the cloud and allow access for all their friends and family? *cringe*

Well the guy from How I Met Your Mother certainly isn’t wrong, nobody understands the cloud!

“Cloud computing is a distributed computing paradigm that focuses on providing a wide range of users with distributed access to scalable, virtualized hardware and/or software infrastructure over the internet”. (Lewis 2010)

Put more simply, cloud computing, or “the cloud” is when you store and access documents, photos, data etc. over the internet rather than your computer’s hard drive.

In 2014 about 80% of the Australian adult population used “the cloud”, and 26% of these people weren’t even aware of it.

Back in the day if you wanted access to documents and photos from your home computer, you had to save them onto a thumb drive or *major throwback* a floppy disc. But since the glorious days of the internet and “the cloud” you can store your files up there in the atmosphere somewhere, and access them when and wherever you need to as long as you have an internet connection.

Sounds pretty advantageous, right?

Well yeah, it is!… except when you accidentally save something you don’t want others to see in the cloud and can’t figure out how to get it out of the cloud…


References:

Software Engineering Institute (2010). Basics About Cloud Computing. [online] Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University. Available at: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/asset_files/WhitePaper/2010_019_001_28877.pdf [Accessed 21 Aug. 2017].

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