Think of cloud computing and the first thing that comes to mind is usually a mainstream application like Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud, but there is a lot more to it than you might think.
Firstly we need to understand what cloud computing actually is. In a nutshell, cloud computing is all about storing and retrieving your personal (or corporate) data from your own little area on the Internet. Nothing is stored on your local hard drive and it is accessible from any location, any device and at any time.
If that all sounds a little far-fetched, think about an email service you are already using e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc. None of those emails you send and receive are actually taking up space on your local hard drive, they are stored on the email providers’ servers: this is a form of cloud computing.