SITECORE: Key differences between Core, Master and Web

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SITECORE: Key differences between Core, Master and Web

I am new to Sitecore and seek a simple explanation of the key differences between Core, Master and Web.

Also, is Sitecore considered a form of "cloud computing"?

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Master
The Master database is the authoring database - it contains all versions of any content or assets.

Core
The Core database is all Sitecore settings, as well as the tables containing the .Net membership provider (i.e. users/roles contained in the Sitecore repository)

Web
The Web database is only the latest published version, and the content that is driving the live web site. Therefore it is a subset of the master database, optimised for size and speed. When content is published, or goes through the publishing task of a workflow, the latest content version is copied from the master to web database.

Source: https://community.sitecore.net/developers/f/8/t/2506

Drawing an analogy, master is the back end which contains ererything; core is the design and all settings and web is the front end which interacts with the users.
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