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[–] Trip 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I always thought it was called the cloud because of the way the data is streamed up and down to and from it.

Similar to how it's called a "torrent" because it's a "Torrent of data."

I just always assumed the cloud was sort of the same thing, you can upload to and download from cloud storage. The data is like rain/evaporation, especially since uploading is normally slower than downloading (just like evaporation takes a long time but you can get soaked from rain in seconds.)

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[–] JimmyJimRyan 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I thought it was a cloud because the internet is shown as a cloud on network diagrams

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[–] PM_ME_YOUR_ESSENCE 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It was actually called the "cloud" because in diagrams of a company or small network, you'll have symbols representing all your machines and equipment detailed on the diagram, then your edge router, and external connection to the rest of the network, which was represented by a big vague cloud. The main idea being - it's hardware-agnostic. You don't care whether that's one server, or a cluster of servers, or servers distributed across several geographic locations, or whatever. You're not concerned with the details. It's basically; "Not your computer".

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[–] The_GD_Donkey 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

In the early 2000's, maybe before, some networking text books used a cloud to represent the internet. I always figured this is where the name came from, but what do I know:)