Intriguing facts you didn’t know about cloud computing

While computers and the internet have undoubtedly transformed modern life, over the last decade or so, one particular sector of the IT industry – cloud computing – has become the backbone for many of today’s best-known, most-loved, and most-used online services. 

Cloud computing is behind some of the world’s biggest platforms including Spotify, Netflix, Google Photos, and Twitter, and is helping companies big and small the world over to streamline operations and diversify services. However, while the benefits of cloud computing have changed all our lives, the tech also has a few other less well-known interesting skills up its sleeve that you perhaps weren’t aware of. 

Think you know the cloud? Think again. These intriguing facts about cloud computing might just surprise you. 

Using the cloud can increase the lifespan of computers

Because cloud technologies are essentially remote computer services delivered (mostly) over the internet, they require far less processing power than running apps natively on a local machine. This means that even older, less powerful computers can be used to perform processor-intensive tasks that might be far above their internal capabilities, negating the need for costly upgrades to equipment. 

Most people use cloud-based services without even realizing

As mentioned above, the cloud powers some of the world’s most successful and identifiable brands – yet many people don’t even realize these services are powered by cloud tech. Also, from a more work-oriented perspective, if you or your employees use Dropbox, Outlook.com, or Gmail for work then you’re also already making use of the cloud.

Point of note: if you or your team-mates at work are using cloud services, you should establish a cloud services policy in the workplace and also look to outsourcing your digital services to a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to avoid potential data exposure, loss, or theft. 

Cloud services increase data protection and reduce outage risks

Using cloud services is far more reliable than relying on local platforms for storage or processing. While cloud networks can (and do) go down, they are specifically designed to spread their computing resources to secondary and tertiary servers (or more), thereby reducing the damage caused by possible outages. 

Moreover, these data centers are staffed by highly skilled personnel (for example employees with an AWS cloud certification) that are specifically trained to mitigate the risk of lost or stolen data – plus get things back up and running in the quickest time possible should a problem arise. Because CSPs use business-class hardware and software plus best-in-field security experts, cloud platforms are more secure than storing data locally.  

The cloud has barriers too

Recent data protection laws make it illegal to transfer the personal data of users outside the European Union. As cloud storage is often spread internationally on servers worldwide, it’s important to remember these rules if you’re setting up a network that carries private data. The laws are unwavering in this aspect and you could risk high penalties for not adhering to them. 

Just like the physical boundaries we see in real life, the cloud has barriers too.