What Is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing, simply stated, is the ability to use files and applications over the Internet instead of hosting, storing, or processing them on locally managed hardware

Josh Manchester, Forbes Magazine

Cloud computing is a catchy buzzword that every online provider has tried to claim. The result is a lot of consumer confusion.

From a high level, cloud computing is any technology that makes compute resources available to subscribers as an online service.

In practical terms, it’s the outsourcing of IT services and infrastructure to a remote data center that’s managed by another company.

That company, the cloud provider, is responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining all hardware and software in their data center, in addition to backups, physical security, environmental controls, disaster preparedness, etc.

If you’ve ever used webmail, online storage like DropBox, or had someone else host your company website, then you’ve used cloud computing.

Cloud computing also encompasses cloud apps and cloud desktops. Our cloud solution focuses on transforming traditional Windows apps and desktops into cloud apps by leveraging Citrix and VMware technologies.