What is a Cloud?

2 Nov

Hello! My name is Bryan  Roper and I am a Techspert aboard the ms Oosterdam.

I get asked a lot of questions about Cloud computing and what it is. In this post i will try my best to explain what Cloud computing means for the everyday regular Joe.

Here’s Wikipedia’s definition…

“ The delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).”

What does that mean in layman’s terms? A Cloud can let you store, and access information from anywhere that has Internet. You could call your email a cloud. Its information that you can access from anywhere via the Internet.

A perfect example is the Microsoft cloud system called “Skydrive“. Skydrive will let you back up your pictures and Office documents online, and you can access those documents from anywhere in the world that has internet.

Lets give a real word example of how this could be useful in everyday life.

Lets say you go to visit a friends house. You get to talking over coffee and you tell them all about this adorable picture you have of your niece riding a horse. In the past if that picture wasn’t in your wallet you would just have to wait to show your friend next time you came over for coffee, but If you had your pictures on a cloud you could pull them down and show your friend right then and there. Getting the picture? Let me try to paint you one…no, literally I made this in Microsoft Paint…


Lets say you had a Windows Phone, and you had placed your pictures on your cloud. You could log in to your cloud via your Windows phone and pull down your pictures to show your friend.

Microsoft’s Cloud system is called “Skydrive” and fittingly so, its like your own hard drive in the sky that you can access from anywhere in the world that has internet. The other cool thing… Skydrive is FREE!!! You can also use it as a safe place to back up important personal documents and photos. I have copies of all the papers I’d never want to lose backed up on my Skydrive.

Learn more here… www.skydrive.com

I hope this has helped lift the haze on cloud computing!

Bryan Roper – Techspert

ms Oosterdam


2 Responses to “What is a Cloud?”

  1. Mary Ann Heilman November 2, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    Great explanation. Easy to understand!

  2. doreen sheinman November 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    This is very good information. My son just introduced me to Dropbox. Seems similar. Is that correct? I’m going on a HA cruise this month and looking forward to taking the tech courses again!
    Thank you.

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