What is cloud computing? Simply put, cloud computing makes it possible for users to access data, applications, and services over the Internet.
The cloud eliminates the need for costly hardware, such as hard drives and servers – and gives users the ability to work from anywhere.
Over 90% of businesses are already using cloud technology in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment. The major benefits of cloud include:
- Elasticity: Scale up or down quickly to meet computing demand
- Affordability: Only pay for what you use, and minimize hardware and IT costs
- Availability: Get 24/7/365 cloud system access from anywhere, on any device
- Simplicity: Free IT from managing servers and updating software
Cloud computing is divided into three broad service categories: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).
SaaS – software-as-a-service – is a way of delivering applications over the Internet. Customers can access SaaS applications right from a Web browser, which means
there is no hardware or software to buy, install, maintain, or update. The SaaS provider takes care of everything – and the customer always has the latest version
of the application.
Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provides a cloud platform and tools to help developers build and deploy cloud applications. Users access PaaS from a Web browser, so
there is no need to purchase and maintain the underlying hardware and software. With PaaS, developers can pick and choose the features they want on a subscription basis.
Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) lets companies “rent” computing resources such as servers, networks, storage, and operating systems on a pay-per-use basis. IaaS
providers host the infrastructure and handle tasks like system maintenance and backups – so customers don’t have to buy hardware or employ in-house experts to manage it.
Public, private, or hybrid cloud?
There are three types of cloud deployment models: public, private, and hybrid – and find out which one makes the most sense for your business.
With a public cloud, services are delivered to customers over a network that’s open for public usage. Public clouds offer efficiency and affordability, and are often
multi-tenant – meaning the provider runs your service in a shared environment.
With a private cloud, services are maintained on a private network protected by a firewall. You can build a private cloud within your own data center – or subscribe
to one hosted by a vendor. Private clouds offer the most security and control.
A hybrid cloud includes both cloud and on-premise solutions – often from multiple providers. Hybrid clouds offer variety, so you can pick and choose which aspects of
your business are better off in a public or private cloud versus on premise.
Cloud integration scenarios:
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