Did you hear about the clouds in the technical term? Well in this guide, we will walk you through about the cloud computing basics, also with its types. We will also discuss the different providers of cloud computing.
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The Basics of Cloud
The Meaning of Cloud
Cloud, also called cloud computing which means having a provider who can serve customers to work on a centralized data storage which is the internet. It allows storing and accessing data and any additional work-related data over the internet. Examples of data are your document files, excel files, music files, video files, image files, etc.
How Cloud Works
Let us make it easy for you to understand. Cloud Management will be on the part of the vendor and your only task is just to go on with your work. You just have to access the files or programs you needed to create, edit or monitor on Cloud.
So your task is to focus on your work alone, you don’t need to look after the maintenance and upgrades of the system to provide a better service. You don’t have a problem with the storage because your host or your provider has enough storage allotted for you. Cloud Servers are fast on processing data which leads you to have easy and quick access to your data.
Cloud Computing Benefits
As you will be having your virtual office because of Cloud computing, it is important to know its benefits to your company.
-Instead of buying legit installers to install in many computers that will take too much time, it is easier to have a scalable way to operate quickly. Your company will not take the time to do some upgrades when new programs will be needed. It is all up to the cloud provider service to handle all the hassle.
Team Work Efficiency
-In the cloud, collaboration is easy because all files are on virtual access. So wherever you are or your teammates, it gives you the ability to easily communicate and share. You can also work anywhere as long as there is internet access. This is what some businesses today do with their remote employees.
-This is one of the main points of cloud and that is having data centralization. All your files and programs are all stored on Cloud. Data access and storage are centralized in the cloud.
Reduced IT Expense
-When you decided to let your IT operations on Cloud, you also decided to lessen your expenses on IT. You also enable to reduce:
-your time delays
-your cost for the upgrading of systems, IT facilities, and software which can be included in your package.
-your expense paying an IT expert
Types of Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Service Models
Below are the three most commonly used terms in the Cloud service type. These are determined through the primary service models of cloud computing.
SaaS(Software as a Service)
SaaS is a complete product software in which the end user’s access is per subscription. End users will access the software through his browser provided by his login access. Whatever be your operating system, you can run the software as long as you have a browser and internet connection. And you will be charged based on your consumption. Here is the list of some SaaS companies.
PaaS(Platform as a Service)
PaaS is a cloud computing service model that provides a platform to the end-users that allows them to develop applications, initialize applications and manage applications. The kind of operating system is important for PaaS to be sure that the application software is compatible with your computer or smartphone. Here is the list of some of the PaaS companies.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
IaaS does not include the applications or do not care about the compatibility because Iaas only provides users the pre-configured hardware through a virtual interface. When it comes to implementing the applications that is up to the end-users. It is very different from the other two service model types of cloud computing. IaaS is for software developers, who want to create their applications in their business. Here is a list of some IaaS companies.
Cloud Computing Deployment Models
Another type of Cloud is the Deployment Model. The deployment model refers to the location of the installed infrastructure to where it resides and who has access to the infrastructure.
Your organization must know your needs so you can choose the right deployment model that can satisfy your needs.
Here are the three deployment models of cloud computing.
-From the name itself, this type of deployment model can support all users who wanted to access cloud resources such as hardware or software through subscriptions. This kind of deployment model is used for application testing and application development that include tasks such as file sharing and email services.
-It was made to be private. A private cloud is usually used for an organization only. It is specializing in the organization either to support other users for the business. It is more expensive than the public cloud, but the good thing is, it finds to be more secure and safe for access is only for the members of the organizations.
-It was made through an interconnected public and private cloud. Meaning it is a mixed-up of the first two cloud deployment models. Hybrid cloud provides many businesses with a more flexible and more option for data deployment.
Cloud Computing Providers
Cloud computing providers are different established companies who can give the cloud services and the right way of deployment you need for your business.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google, and IBM are the four major companies that provide a public cloud. These companies are already established and dominating the market.
These providers are innovating their cloud-based services as they are working on emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Apple, Citrix, Salesforce, Joyent, and Rackspace are other major providers of cloud computing.