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What is hardware?

Hardware is the tangible equipment needed to run software (computer programs). That’s your smartphone, for example, but also your laptop or game console. Hardware will always be required to run software, although more and more functionality is moving to the cloud.

How does hardware work?

Hardware is indispensable when developing a digital product. Although much takes place online these days, you will always need devices to use apps and websites. Still, the amount of hardware you need to do so has shrunk. Whereas before a computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse were required to surf the Internet, nowadays you can do it on your smartphone. Also, much of data today is stored in the cloud, rather than on a hard drive. But appearances are deceptive: to stay online and store data, a data center with physical servers is still needed.

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