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The term "cloud" is used as a metaphor for the Internet.

Typical cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online that are accessed from another Web service or software like a Web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers. The term "cloud" is also commonly used when referring to Cloud Storage. WSU students have cloud storage space in the form of OneDrive, which is found on the student's Outlook mail account.

What's so great about cloud storage?

  • Your files are much safer on network storage than they are on your laptop or external hard drive
  • You can share your folders and files with other people much easier and faster. Note: You should never store or share private data in the cloud.
  • You can access your files from multiple locations and devices without making copies, using flash drives, etc.
  • You can synchronize local and cloud copies of your files automatically, allowing you to work offline and keep your important files backed up

Cloud computing as defined by WikiPedia