If you really think about it, it’s surprising how far our world has gone. Amazing is not even enough to encompass the magnitude of change our world has gone through. If reincarnation was real, my soul from 4,300 B.C. is probably shocked to see all these advancements. She’s probably thinking “Whoa. This is not how I imagined fire to evolve.”
Cause and effect, right? It’s crazy to think how many events and choices have been made to create the world we know today. Everyone and everything’s fate is intertwined, is it not? And through our day-to-day dealings – the decisions we make, the actions we decide to take, and the people we influence because of all our choices – we have come to live the future we used to imagine. Well, we may not be at a level where cars are just flying around normally. But I guess we’re getting there. With the technology we have, I doubt anything is impossible.
One major breakthrough in the field of technological science is the founding of the internet.
I believe I don’t have to say much for you to know what the internet is (see video). After all, everyone knows about it. Gone were the days when only a few people had access to the internet. Before, you would have to be NASA or some bigshot government facility to gain access to the World Wide Web. Nowadays, any normal person can casually drop by the online world. In fact, I believe a good part of humanity lives online. Like, they’d practically migrate to cyberspace if they could. But of course, the virtual world is named as such because of a very blatant truth: It’s not tangible. It exists, alright. But it can never be touched.
So, how do people live in this virtual realm?
While we cannot touch it, we can access the internet through physical terminals or what we call hardware. Now, that may sound very high-tech but they’re things you see or use on a daily basis, really. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers, Smart TVs, and many other gadgets are considered hardware. They are basically what we use to enter the online world. Through them, we can successfully navigate from one website to another. We can open our social media accounts and connect with people; we can access Google and do some research. These devices enable us to live off the internet even if, in reality, it’s a virtual and intangible space.
Speaking of intangibility, another major breakthrough has made people’s lives easier – safer too, I suppose.
We call it “The Cloud.”
What Is The Cloud?
The Cloud is virtual database where people can upload, store, and access their files online. At this time, we have many online applications and programs that use cloud computing and storage as their core systems. The Cloud is simply that awesome.
To understand The Cloud better, let me take you back 10 – no, 20 years ago. Two decades past, people use “hard drives” to store data. Hard drives are tools people use to extend or backup data. Back then, we only had CDs and Floppy Disks. And you might be surprised to know that during that time, the max capacity for a floppy disk was 1.44 MB! You would literally need 711 of these disks if you wanted to save a 1080 HD movie you’ve downloaded off the net if you were to use it in today’s time (Check out our reference here: https://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/how-many-floppy-disks-would-it-take-to-equal-1-gigabyte/). Imagine that! After floppies were out of fashion (people clearly needed bigger space to store data), CDs came to play. You have to admit, CDs were almost 700 times better than floppy disks because at maximum, they can store 700 MB worth of data. If you think about it, it’s a huge jump – from 1.44 to 700, that’s quite the improvement.
But of course, you know that still isn’t enough.
After CDs, came DVDs (there were many variants actually like DVD-R and DVD+RW) and after DVDs came USB flash drives. Nowadays, we have flash drives that can store at least 64 GB of data. That’s a lot if you convert it to floppy disks so you can say that it’s a really major development. We also have external hard drives that can store up to 16 TB these days and you can just expect the number to go higher.
Even with the promising developments in hard drive storage solutions, there is still one common problem with them. This problem applies to every hard drive in existence – be it a floppy disk, a flash drive, CD or a hard drive. All of them are susceptible to physical damages. You can accidentally have them catch fire and kaboom; your data is nowhere to be found.
This is why the Cloud exists.
Like actual clouds, this online database exists but cannot be touched. And mind you, it can store limitless bytes of data. And because it stores a lot of data, many companies that run business analytics see many opportunities with the Cloud. Using the Cloud, businesses can calculate and analyse consumer data in real time. This is what we refer to as Cloud Business Intelligence. This is also why many businesses seek cloud BI solutions from RightAngleSol.com and other similar companies.
Also, applications (that you’re probably using) like Dropbox and Google Drive use the Cloud to store your files. If you want to imagine just how vast its capacity is, take the free 15GB storage Google gives new users after signing up as an example. Just how many Drive users do you think there is? Now, multiply that by 15. What do you get? A ten – no, fifteen digit number, maybe? And that’s just for free. Users who like the service pay monthly premiums to get more storage space.
It gets you thinking “Where does all this data go? Surely, it’s not just floating up there, right?”
Of course not, that would be absurd.
There are physical servers that act as storage. And many cloud-based companies create multiple “farms” for all this big data. They are distributed in many places, in many parts of the world. So you might say “Then doesn’t that mean my data still isn’t safe? If there’s a physical device that stores it, then what happens if it gets destroyed?”
Nothing happens. A whole farm can be hit by a meteorite and your data will still be there. Cloud developers call this method “redundancy.” Your data is stored again and again in multiple servers so that when one farm goes haywire, your data remains unfazed, untouched.
Now, if this isn’t the best thing ever then I don’t know what is!
Have you tried Cloud yet?