The concept of cloud computing has been around for a while now. We’ve all heard of it, but not all of us know what it is. There is this notion residing in our minds of a place in the ether where everything appears from and disappears to. However this isn’t exactly the case. Cloud computing is the idea that our data can be stored online and accessed via applications and cloud streaming services like Dropbox, ICloud, OneDrive etc. The data is actually stored on a myriad of servers managed by your cloud service providers. The theory has been around for some time. In the early years of computing data was held on a mainframe and the computers were just ‘dumb terminals’ where all data storage and processing was taken care of by the server – while the terminal just displayed the appropriate information. Cloud computing as a whole has many advantages; one can store and access ones data over a number of devices – data can be shared between devices and between friends and employees, and online applications can be used to analyse and manipulate data as required. Where too next? With most new software being built for the cloud from the outset, it is predicted that by 2016 over quarter of all applications (around 48 million) will be available on the cloud. If you would like some assistance with your cloud backup requirements – Just give me a call.