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Marissa Explains IT All: What is the cloud?

In today’s world, the phrase “the cloud” appears pretty regularly. But, do you actually know what it means? Or how the cloud can benefit your business? Check out Marissa’s quick explanation on what is the cloud. Oh, and in under 60 seconds.

You can also follow along below for the full transcript, and find more information on securing your data in the cloud.

Marissa Explains IT All: Episode 5

“What is the cloud?”


“The cloud is a general term we use to talk about accessing stuff that’s not where we are, via internet connection. Commonly, software as an application or the web apps like Microsoft 365, where you’re logging in to a browser and you’re working there – nothing in your office.

On the other side of that, we have your infrastructure, like your servers, that would traditionally be in your office. Except, with the cloud, they’re somewhere else.

In a public cloud, like Microsoft Azure, you’re using Microsoft’s data center, their equipment, and their responsibility to manage that stuff with a pay-as-you-go model.

On the other side, you have your private cloud, which is where you own and operate everything in a data center somewhere else. It gives you more flexibility and more security, but it is at a higher cost.

So, we’ve got the cloud for your applications and the cloud for your infrastructure, whether you own it or somebody else owns it.”

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Azure AD can benefit your business in a couple different ways:

  • Controlling access
  • Securing & resetting passwords
  • Connecting applications

Want more information on protecting your data with Azure AD? Check it out here!

Data Security in the Cloud

With the hybrid workplace becoming more prevalent, your employees need to be able to work securely from anywhere. Microsoft offers two different services that work together to help you control your company’s data.

As mentioned above, Azure AD is a cloud-based technology that controls who can log in to your systems to protect your data, whether its stored on a server in the office or an app online. Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device and application management, allowing you to control which devices have access to your company’s data.

Want more information on combining Azure AD and Microsoft Intune to keep your data secure? Check it out here!