What is the Cloud? Where is it?

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Nowadays we often here about the cloud. Supposedly it’s everywhere, but where is it exactly? For starters, what is the cloud anyways?

The cloud is where all of the data on the internet is stored. It’s everything that can be accessed from anywhere in the world with access to the internet. The data itself, however, is not everywhere at once, or in the sky as the terminology “cloud” suggests. Every website, photo, or document in the cloud is actually stored on a server. There are a lot of servers. It is these servers which hold the seemingly infinite amounts of data that cumulate into what we call the cloud.

How’s it used? Now that mobility is the most critical aspect of technology, the cloud has become very important. Many services, such as Google Apps, are “in the cloud” and allow you to edit and access your documents wherever you are. This means you can change a slide on a slide show minutes before your presentation, on a phone in the subway. Meanwhile, someone else around the world could technically be viewing your changes. This is possible because the presentation isn’t actually on your phone, but in the cloud. You are just using your phone to access the information.

The cloud allows us to be more mobile, because all of its data is accessible where ever we are. Soon, everything you need, will be in the cloud, reachable at any time through any device. The cloud makes technology more convenient and mobile, improving the efficiency of everything we do.

What will replace the PC?

Some time before I was born, a great man, Steve Jobs, brought humanity a gift, the personal computer. It’s been great, but all great innovations come to an end at some point. So, now, what will replace the PC?

I dont think it will be any device in particular. The post PC era will be populated by a multitude of devices: Smartphones, Laptops, Tablets, Tv’s… basically anything with a screen. The potential of these devices will also be varied, meaning, different hardware to handle different tasks.

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How is it possible to have so many different devices? The cloud! All our information will be stored in the cloud, and transformed to fit whatever device we are using at the time. Many websites are already built optimized for whatever platform they are being viewed on. I know this one is. It looks slightly different on a laptop, tablet or phone.

So, is there any one answer to this question? I guess not. Applications and software will be created to make you productive on whatever device you are using, because most of the time it will most likely not be a PC. Every device you use will be synchronized, and content will be accessible easily no matter what platform you are using. The post PC world is a world where anything with a screen, or touchscreen I should say, is a technology resource ready to help you with your daily needs and tasks.