The cloud refers to software and services that run on the Internet instead of locally on your computer. The cloud is a server somewhere else, usually in a big data centre. Cloud providers such as Azure, AWS, Google Cloud allow you to rent space on a server and pay for what you use. They let you scale as your business needs change while they manage the physical infrastructure for you. Think of it as renting a house or renting a piece of land, providing different control levels over managing the property, depending on which type of cloud computing you are using.
So really, there is no cloud. It's just someone else's computer.
And, in the words of Scott Hanselman:
The cloud doesn't care about language choice.
- Recognise and transcribe human speech with speech to text
- Integrate into an Azure Digital Twins solution
- Add a rich Cognitive Search to your web app
And much more!