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Using the cloud means you are storing data on the Internet.

Using the cloud means you are storing data on the Internet.

Recently, cloud computing has really taken off. Even if you are not aware of what the term means, you are probably using the cloud to store some of your data right now.

Essentially, when you store data in the cloud, you are using the Internet much as you would an external hard drive or your computer’s built-in memory.

Cloud Computing’s Ascent

The concept of cloud computing is nothing new. In fact, abstract portrayals of what it constituted existed as early as the 1960s. However, it didn’t become practical until the 1990s when sufficient bandwidth paved the way for its segue from theoretical notion to serviceable reality. Below are some key moments in the evolution of cloud computing.

• Early 1990s – Many telecommunications companies begin to offer virtual private network services.

• 1999 – Salesforce.com became early pioneers of cloud computing. They developed the concept of delivering applications to users vial the Internet. Applications provided ease of access to companies with a cost-effective price tag.