When you ask most people about “the cloud” the answer you’ll typically receive often describes what is more specifically known as a “public cloud.” So what are these two digital entities and why do their differences matter to your business?
First, though, let’s quickly talk about the cloud in general because, although many people casually toss the term around in conversation, surprisingly few can accurately explain what the cloud really is. The cloud, quite simply, is a network of servers that can perform a variety of IT functions offsite. In the business world, that might mean running a company’s software and/or managing its data in a secure datacenter via the Internet. For those firms, applications and data no longer reside on computers or hard-wired servers located on-premise – they’re stored, managed, and maintained on servers elsewhere.