Cloud computing

What is it?

Cloud computing is a form of internet storage that means that data that you would normally load from a CD or memory stick, or download from a website to your computer or another device, remains hosted on the internet.

How does it work?

Cloud hosting companies have massive data centres where data is kept for access through a web based application (also known as a program), either by a business or an individual. With cloud computing you are more renting, or borrowing, the use of something, like a song, or a program, than actually owning a physical copy of it.

Why is it useful?

One of the main benefits of cloud computing is that copies of programs and other data do not take up space in your computer's memory.

What do you need to keep in mind about your children and cloud computing?

Cloud computing will increasingly be the way you and your child access online material, so it is an interesting topic to learn more about.

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