So you have probably heard of the terms "Cloud" and "Cloud Computing". But what do they really mean?
Let us try and demystify these terms:
Cloud simply refers to Servers hosting Data or Applications being in a remote location, rather than on your own business premises.
Cloud Computing simply refers to processing Data using Applications remotely, where both the Data and Applications are hosted in a Cloud, rather than on your own business premises.
Over time, the boundaries for locally hosted IT Services have been stretched as more Businesses have become more geographically dispersed. This has resulted in Businesses where one primary location hosts the IT services and other remote locations consume the them.
The boundaries have then been stretched even further with dedicated IT services being hosted within remote Data Centres managed by the large IT Hardware suppliers, e.g. HP and Dell.
Significantly, the differences between Cloud, primary location and Data Centre hosted IT services have begun to blur.