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Traditionally, PCs connect to a local computer network to access, process and analyse data. In cloud computing, users instead connect to a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet (these servers are known as the "cloud"). Companies essentially rent computing infrastructure to access applications, storage and a variety of other services. As companies do not own the infrastructure or have to pay for running costs, they just pay for what they use and can save money, time and other resources. In order to get data to the cloud, it must be sent using a secure, authenticated transport (which we call cloud connectors).