Cloud technologies encompass cloud computing, cloud-based applications (SaaS), and cloud storage. Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. Cloud-based applications (SaaS) are methods of software delivery and licensing in which software is accessed online via a subscription, rather than bought and installed on individual computers.
Cloud storage is a model of computer data storage in which the digital data is stored in logical pools. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running.
Cloud technologies enable some of the most flexible IT solutions the world has ever known, and they’re changing the way companies do business. With data and/or applications being hosted off-site, business owners enjoy a reduction in their operational and capital expenses, and collaborators are enabled to share content in a way that is already intuitive and effortless.