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What is cloud computing? Understanding The Cloud

What is cloud computing?

Understanding The Cloud


Although this advertisement is humorous, it is also keen observation about the general publics understanding of cloud computing and cloud storage, or lack thereof.


What is Cloud Computing?

Colloquially referred to as the cloudA general term referring to the storage and access of applications and data over the Internet instead of througha traditional computer hard driveThe name was inspired by the cloud-like bubbles drawn in the flowcharts that were used when creating diagrams of server-farm infrastructure

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Self-Service Provisioning:

Self-service provisioning allows end users to:Set up permissions and launch applications in an online environment without the need for a service providerQuickly reduce or remove permissions just as easily as they added them

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Metered Services:

Payment model: pay-as-you-go. End users only pay for the resources they use, such as storage or bandwidthCost competitive vs. traditional monthly fees of software products or the high upfront investment of hardwareEmployed for public and hybrid cloud computing services

Benefits of Cloud Computing

3. Elasticity and Adaptability:

End users can increase or decrease resource usage elastically in order to meet demand.Additional resources, like bandwidth, are automatically allocated based on the level of demandUsers never pay for more resources than they need

Benefits of Cloud Computing

4. Application Programming Interfaces:

Also known as: APIsGives administrators the ability to customize their cloud experience through integration with other applications and other workloadsSeamlessly move from locally-based applications to thosethat are cloud-based

Categories of Cloud Computing

1. SAAS: Software as a Service:

Delivers software applications over the InternetAccessible from any location using a mobile device or computer with Internet accessAll data is backed up onlineCompanies can sign up and purchase the software online, and begin using it immediately

Examples: Microsoft 365 and Google apps

Categories of Cloud Computing

2. PAAS: Platform as a Service:

Providers host development tools on the cloudAccess tools over the internet using application programming interfaces (APIs) or web portalsImproves time to market by allowing web apps to be developed and deployed quickly Examples: Windows Axure, Google App Engine, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Categories of Cloud Computing

3. IAAS: Infrastructure as a Service:

Providers supply a virtual server and storage, as well as APIsMain use is the development and deployment of PaaS, SaaS, and web applicationsFlexibility and virtual nature allows businesses to get up and running more quickly, while also cutting costs

Examples: Rackspace, Amazon EC2, and Google Compute Engine

Cloud Computing Channels

1. Publicly: Delivered by a third-party provider; however, it can also be internally managedUsers only pay for the resources that they useFreedom to access these resources when and where you need them is a big draw for companies considering public cloud computing

Cloud Computing Channels

2. Privately: Delivered to internal users and is housed on servers at a companys data centerOften chosen by companies concerned about the management, control, and security of sensitive informationAdvanced security is designed uniquely for a single company, giving administrators greater flexibility with, and control over, governance than if they had employed a public service provider

Cloud Computing Channels

3. Hybrid: Combines the online capability of a public cloud with the on-premise security of a private cloudRuns classified applications or critical workloads on the private cloud while maintaining the ability to access resources like SaaS and IaaS on the public cloudFacilitates the portability of apps, services, and data for distribution to effectively deliver value faster


The cloud is not some mysterious technological force seeking to destroy all traditional computing technology; rather, it is a useful tool for businesses that require a flexible and adaptable computing model.

You can also download this freeSoftware Evaluation Checklistto help you analyze your technology needs on your own.

More questions about cloud computing?

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