Redundancy in cloud computing lingo really means one thing, but before I tell you what that is let’s talk a little bit about what cloud computing is and how it benefits you, the customer.

You have your computer and it’s connected to your company’s network. Your computer and the company’s network are both connected to the Internet. But the Internet is this huge cloud of computers connected to each other “out there.” Really, that’s vague, but there’s no better way to describe it. It’s a murky concept.

Every computer that is a part of this cloud has software that it runs on. Some computers, like yours, are just desktop systems while others are large computers called servers. Everyone of them operates on a system of software applications that must interact with each other through a system of protocols.

When you do business with a company in the cloud that provides you with services, either software delivered over the Internet, computer architecture delivered through the cloud, web hosting, data storage, or to meet any other business need you have, those resources that you use for your business are stored on a physical server located in a remote location and delivered to you through cable across vast distances.

Cloud hosting companies use a system called Redundancy that allows them to create backups of all the resources you use – those resources you purchase or lease from them as well as those resources you bring to the table. When a server goes down for maintenance or “gets sick”, those backups are automatically consulted so that you do not have a break in service. This is just one of the many benefits of cloud hosting and the delivery of services through the cloud.