What is the relationship between cloud computing and computer networking/data communications?
Cloud computing is a type of distributed computing, which shares computational load across different servers, networks, data centers and computers. Computer networking is the process of transferring data from one network to another - it's essentially the backbone of cloud computing. Data communications are simply any form of transfer or storage of data via telecommunication devices. Though not every facet of cloud computing relies on computer networking, computer networking is still one crucial element to its success.
So who better than you to get an expert opinion on how these two intricate pieces come together? We caught up with Shaun Devlin, co-founder and CTO at AppDirect and former Cisco VP who has been in the industry for over 20 years.
In order to better understand how cloud computing works, Devlin suggests thinking of the process as an application.
"Cloud computing is really an application, or maybe even an industry," he says. "It's like the cloud analogy - you don't see the servers, they're hidden behind a wall."
Devlin also points out that the cloud isn’t all about storing stuff; it's about storage and processing power.
"When people talk about cloud computing, they're not only talking about storing information - like what's on your hard drive - but also other things like capacity and processing power," he says.