All that the term “the cloud” means is using the internet for storage.

When you save content to the cloud, you are not literally saving it “up in the air somewhere”; your data is being safely housed in a data warehouse owned by whomever the provider is. In this case, we are talking about Google Drive. It is a space on the Internet where people can store data.

A few years ago, I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a couple hundred balloons. I had students help me out, and I put a huge cloud in the middle of my classroom to try to illustrate the concept to my students.

Suspended from my cloud were the names of some of the big providers of cloud service. If you inspect the photo on the right-hand side, you will see that Google Drive was one of the named providers of cloud storage. The following picture, retrieved from PC World shows what “the cloud” (a data warehouse) actually looks like:

The cloud isn’t nearly as mystifying as it sounds. It’s just a term that was selected by programmers. A term that is simpler to say than “I store my data in a large data warehouse that offers security and multiple backups so that I never lose anything important.”

“I store my data in the cloud.”