Dec 08, 2014

How to explain the cloud to someone who doesn't understand technology?

I’ve ran into a few situations over the past couple of years where the person I’m talking to has no understanding of what the cloud or cloud computing is. I’m not talking about dumb people, for the most part these have been bright individuals that just have little understanding of technology. One of these was the owner of a company I worked for, in fact. What’s the best explanation of what the cloud is for someone who has only basic knowledge of computer technology?
Tell them the cloud is nothing more than a computer that is running in someone else's datacenter, whether that someone else be Amazon, Google, or your local ISP that is downtown. Everything else follows from having this machine not directly in your physical presence.
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