What is the cloud? Why do people say this meme is the future? Why do people and businesses need memes to be successful?
"the cloud" is a nebulous umbrella term that refers to any particular piece of software's online data storage server.
For example, google docs. When you type up a paper on google docs, the file is stored on one of google's servers, not on the computer you edited the file with. Since it's an online server, you can access it with any computer that has internet access. This server is "the cloud."
>company spends $2 million per year on outsourcing development of software to run the business.
>employs an army of people to manage application and infrastructure
>company switches to Salesforce.com for a few hundred thousand to get their platform developed
>annual spend is now $50k and they don't have to worry about infrastructure and all the people who used to support the in house app, saving even more money in payroll
Not only have they saved money but they likely have way better software now as well.
Pretty much this.
My company's been trying to "make the move to the cloud", but as far as I can tell, we've always stored our data in someone else's server. Or at least, a server that most people can't access.
Why the fuck would people hand over their computing to a machine that isn't theirs? Yeah, it's convenient, but so is using a flash drive.