Definition: The Cloud has come to mean virtually any type of information storage or services accessible through the Internet.  Originally, Cloud Computing referred to sharing computer resources over some type of network such as the Internet.  Software as a service, renting storage facilities, backing up files off site, all of these activities are now part of cloud services.


What this means: Using the Cloud trusts someone else to be responsible for buying, managing, maintaining, backing up, securing, staffing, upgrading, and sweeping up around your hardware, software, and data.  At times this can save dollars.  At times this can merely bring piece of mind.  Using the cloud does not ever delegate responsibility for the contents of the information.


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