What is the Cloud?

Besides being the platform that makes services like Netflix and Facebook possible, the cloud is – in simple terms – little more than a big group of computers.

The “little more” part that makes those computers into a “cloud” is specialized management software.

This software allows ten, a thousand or hundreds of thousands of computers to function more or less as if they were just one (much bigger) computer. If you want a computer with the power of 10 computers, the cloud can do that. If you want a computer with the power of 150,000 computers, the cloud can do that too.

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