The cloud is helping companies to serve their customers better and run their operations more efficiently. Here are some handy facts and stats about the cloud that you might not have known!
The cloud is a metaphor
The term cloud was initially used as a metaphor for the internet. One of the earliest uses can be seen in US Patent 5,485,455, which was filed in January 1994. However, while the bubble is cloud-like, it was simply meant to illustrate that what was in the network wasn’t important for their purposes.
According to the Technology Review, a Compaq document from 1996 was probably the first time the term was used in any official capacity.
The cloud and the internet are not the same
The internet is a global network of computers. You could think of it as a modern-day postal service, delivering information at sub-second speeds! On the other hand, the cloud is a network of servers. Some of these servers provide a service (e.g. Facebook and Adobe Creative Cloud), while others store information before passing it to the internet for delivery (i.e. to a hosted desktop).
There are currently four types of cloud solutions available:
- Private cloud. This is a cloud computing solution that is run and managed by the business.
- Public cloud. Under this model, a service provider makes resources available to a business via the internet
- Hybrid cloud. This is where businesses deploy and manage both private and public services. Under the hybrid approach, companies benefit from the public cloud, while maintaining a private cloud, usually for issues of sensitivity, privacy and compliance. Under the hybrid approach, while these models exist separately, they also interact with each other to provide a range of combined benefits
- Multi-cloud. The multi-cloud uses two or more cloud computing services from any number of different cloud vendors. It can be a combination of private, public and hybrid clouds. So, with this model, you can mix and match cloud services from different providers, often to meet specific workload needs. Unlike the hybrid cloud, the multi-cloud doesn’t need to be integrated.
The cloud is storing a massive amount of data
The cloud stores a vast amount of data. Furthermore, the global datasphere is predicted to grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to 175 by 2025. That’s a tremendous amount of information set to be stored and shared between devices, storage systems, and data centres.
The cloud market is growing
The cloud computing market is growing 40% year on year. At the same time, it is predicted that the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to total $186.4 billion this year, up from $153.5 billion in 2017. By 2020 cloud computing will cross the $270 billion mark
The cloud is empowering a new wave of disruptive technologies
Disruptive technologies, which were too expensive to run just a few years ago, are becoming accessible to all because of the cloud. For example, artificial intelligence, augmented intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and blockchain. So, the cloud is the enabler for many exciting developments.
The cloud can help to keep your data safe
With robust cloud encryption now available, storing data in the cloud tends to be safer than storing it onsite. Significant investment would be needed to make an onsite solution match the security and reliability of the cloud.
In fact, despite the headlines, in almost all cases, where a hack has happened, it has been down to a poorly designed and maintained security system – not the weakness of the cloud. More security breaches occur with on-premise solutions than cloud ones, and 56% of IT managers cite improved security as a primary motivation for moving to the cloud.
At Cloud Geeni, we make security a top priority. Our Cloud Server services consistently achieve the highest level of data security and reliability, with best-in-class backup and recovery processes that eliminate downtime.
If you’re thinking about investing in the cloud, speak to a member of our team on 01942 261 671 to find out more.
 Synergy Research
 Gartner, Inc.