Cloud computing – describes when virtual servers are used to house applications and user data, taking the information out of the hardware and putting it at a neutral, third-party location. This allows people to increase storage capacity and computing capabilities without investing in internal infrastructure systems.
The term “the cloud” has come to mean “the internet” broadly. Marketers have popularized the term to cover platforms and infrastructure that are sold “as a service” or remotely, through the internet.
Cloud service providers:
While there are many providers popping up, offering storage space for applications to run “in the cloud,” these are the major ones: