The Cloud

We all know Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s three laws

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Today the closest thing we have to magic is cloud storage or the cloud. Even the term sounds mysterious and somewhat ominous. Approximately 90% of global internet users are already on the cloud, but I, like most internet users, have no idea as to what it really is or how it works. consumer adoption of cloud storage apps, like Dropbox and Google Drive, remains low. 
There is a huge opportunity here, if more people understood how cloud storage works they would be more likely to use it. As I have said before and will say many times in the future EDUCATION IS EVERYTHING. Bringing understanding and awareness to cloud services can only help bring in customers for these services. The cloud storage sector is still relatively new. There is no clear worldwide leader in the consumer cloud space — yetApple’s iCloud held an early edge in markets where the iPhone is popular, but suites of cloud-based  services from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are catching up worldwide.
After some basic research here is what I have gathered about the cloud:

1) Cloud storage is when you save data not to your hard drive but to an external 3rd party source (offsite database)

2) You connect to the storage system via the internet

3) Your data is almost never stored on one data server, instead they rely on 100s

There are many concerns about cloud storage:

1) Security

2) The authentication process

3) And as Jonathan Strickland from howstuffworks.com said,

“Some people envision a future in which the entire Web becomes a massive storage cloud. People will constantly upload and download data to and from the cloud. The concept of data ownership will lose its meaning. Everyone will have access to everything and secrecy will cease to exist. Other people dismiss these ideas and say that cloud storage is just a tool like any other, and while some might use it to great advantage, it won’t bring about the end of civilization as we know it. Who’s right? We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Let me know if I got any of this wrong or any of your thoughts on the cloud!

Sources:

Business Insider

How Stuff Works

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