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What is the Cloud?

The king of tech world buzzwords over the last few years is “the cloud.” But what exactly is it?

Simply put, “the cloud” is a catch-all phrase for servers that store data so that a device with a stable internet connection can retrieve files from anywhere. For a simple example, consider that you, with a bit of technical know-how, can set up a home network, designate a desktop computer as your personal entertainment center, and then stream any of your movies, music, or TV shows stored on that machine to other connected devices.

On a much larger scale, Netflix is a cloud service. When you watch Netflix movies or TV shows, you’re actually opening a direct line to their servers (“the cloud”). Netflix owns or licenses all the content (and, coincidentally, stores it on Amazon’s cloud network), saving you the expense of purchasing movies and the disk space required to store them.

 
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