Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services such as servers, storage, networking, databases, analytics, software development platforms through a cloud services provider such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Rackspace and many more via the internet on a pay as you use basis. Cloud computing reduces or eliminates the need to purchase onsite hardware or software. If you make use of cloud storage, you have the ability to transfer or store files with an internet connection anywhere in the world.
How does Cloud Computing work?
Instead of investing capital in computing infrastructure or data centers, companies have the option to rent access to cloud resources such as applications platforms, data storage, computing and much more.
Cloud computing is a win-win for both customers and cloud providers. The customer can avoid upfront costs and the complexity of owning and maintaining their own data center and IT infrastructure. They simply pay for what and when they use it. How the providers benefit is by delivering the same services across multiple economies to a broad range of customers.
Uses Of Cloud Computing
Most of the population around the globe are making use of cloud services. Whether you are sending an email, make use of streaming services such as YouTube, or streaming music on Spotify it is likely that cloud computing is making it all possible. A variety of organizations around the world is making use of cloud computing which includes startups, global corporations, government agencies, and even non-profits.
Few things you can do with cloud computing:
Ready to use solutions from cloud providers:
|Analyze data for patterns and make predictions||Artificial Intelligence|
|Software delivery on demand||SAP|
|Store and recover data||Hybrid Cloud Applications|
|Build and host apps and services||Internet of Things (IoT)|
|Host websites and blogs||Blockchain|
|Stream video and audio||Big Data & Analytics|
|Backup & Archive|
|Development & Test Environment|
|Virtual Machine Infrastructure|
|Network & Content Delivery|
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Eliminates the expense of running an onsite data center that includes racks of servers, electricity for cooling and power around the clock and IT professionals for managing infrastructure.
Cloud computing services are on demand and can be provisioned within minutes with a few clicks.
The ability to scale elastically. In cloud terms that means delivering the correct amount of resources (computing power, storage, bandwidth) when needed from the right geographic location.
Cloud computing relieves DevOps Engineers, Systems Administrators, Network Administrators from time-consuming chores such as hardware setups and so forth. IT teams can spend more time on other business-driven goals.
Cloud computing services generally run on secure data centers on a global network. These data centers are upgraded regularly with the latest generation of efficient computing hardware. Company headquarters benefits with reduced network latency and several other benefits.
Disaster recovery, data backup, and business continuity are easier and less expensive with cloud computing. Data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud network.
Cloud Services Categories
Cloud computing services fall into three categories: IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service, PaaS – Platform as a Service and SaaS – Software as a Service.
Cloud computing that enables business or individuals to rent IT infrastructure on a pay as you use basis. This includes – servers and virtual machines, networks, storage, and operating systems.
PaaS refers to the commissioning of an on-demand environment for developing, testing, delivering and managing software applications through cloud computing. PaaS enables developers to quickly create applications from mobile to web applications.
SaaS enables the delivery of software applications via the internet on demand. This is typically delivered on a subscription basis. Users connect to these applications via web browsers.
Public clouds are operated and owned by third-party cloud providers such as Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to name a few. These providers deliver computing resources such as storage and servers over the internet.
Private clouds are cloud computing resources used by a single business physically located on the company’s onsite data center. Private clouds are where services and infrastructure are maintained on a private company network.
Hybrid Clouds are a combination of public and private clouds in order to share data and applications between the two. Hybrid clouds enable more flexibility for businesses.
Chad is an experienced systems administrator with exposure to various technologies and enterprise ICT environments. He has a huge passion for technologies, specifically Linux, open source software, electronics, and IoT technologies.
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