ALL THINGS CLOUD
Businesses of all sizes are turning to cloud services. Factors behind this change include things like lower operating costs, improved time to market, better collaboration, and increased flexibility.
What are cloud computing services?
Cloud computing services is a term used to describe the use of hardware and software delivered via the Internet. Simply put, cloud computing allows people run applications or programs through the internet by subscribing to them rather than buying them.
Cloud computing services providers host software, platforms, and databases remotely. This free up the memory and computing power of individual computers. Cloud computing provides businesses with speed, productivity, cost savings, performance, and security.
Types of cloud computing services
At first glance, the types of cloud computing services seem simple: public, private or a hybrid mix of both. In reality, the choices are many.
Public cloud can include shared, dedicated and bare delivery models. Fully and partially managed clouds are also options. The right type of cloud depends on your workload.
You should understand the pluses and minuses of each cloud deployment model and take a methodical approach to determining which workloads to move to which type of cloud for deriving the maximum benefit.
Platform as a service (PaaS)
Platform as a service provides a cloud-based environment with everything required to support the complete lifecycle of building and delivering web-based (cloud) applications. This helps develop application and get to market faster; reduces complexity and save money.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a service provides computing resources—including servers, networking, storage, and data-center space — on a pay-per-use basis. Saves money as you don’t have to invest in own hardware. The infrastructure scales on demand to support dynamic workloads while flexible, innovative services are available on demand
Software as a service (SaaS)
You accesscloud-based applications—or software as a service—via the internet and usually, a web browser. Just sign up from any connected computer and start using innovative business apps and data. No data is ever lost if your computer breaks. The service dynamically scales to meet usage needs.
How to deploy a cloud Public clouds
There are different types of cloud computing deployment models: public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud.
By opting for this type of service, users don’t need to purchase hardware, software or supporting infrastructure, all of which is provided and managed by cloud computing services providers.
- Gain access to innovative SaaS business apps for applications ranging from customer resource management (CRM) to transaction management and data analytics
- Allows flexible, scalable IaaS for storage and compute services at a moment’s notice
- Enables powerful PaaS for cloud-based application development and deployment environments
Operated solely for a single organization, private clouds take advantage of cloud’s efficiencies and provide more control over resources avoids multi-tenancy.
- Self-service interface controls services, allows staff to quickly access, allocate and deliver on-demand IT resources
- Facilitates highly automated management of resources from compute capability to storage, analytics and middleware
- Provides sophisticated security and governance designed for a company’s specific requirements
A private cloud can’t exist in isolation from the rest of a company’s IT resources and the public cloud.
A hybrid cloud enables strategic integration and use of public cloud services to create a hybrid clouds.
- Allows companies to keep critical application and sensitive data within a traditional data center environment or private cloud
- Enables taking advantage of public cloud resources like SaaS for the latest applications and IaaS for flexible virtual resource
- Facilitates portability of data, apps and services and more choices for deployment models
Many businesses are employing cloud services to drive innovation and agility for creating new revenue streams, adding products and services and increasing margins.
- Many companies are already operating in multi-cloud environments. Hybrid clouds can connect one or more public, private or hybrid clouds to on-premise systems.
- Large percentage of such organizations already are using at least 2 to 15 hybrid clouds, and more will join them.
Growth without limits
Driven by new workloads like analytics, video, and mobile applications, most enterprises will be under continued pressure to lower the cost of their IT infrastructure through the use of shared cloud computing resources.
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the flexibility it brings to data transfer. A company that has your data or data you want for instance, will be able to manage, analyze, add to and transfer it all from a single dashboard — something impossible to do today on storage hardware that sits alone in a data center.
The other major benefit of cloud computing is that it can access and analyze any kind of data wherever it lives, no matter the hardware, platform or format. With this kind of flexibility, cloud computing is projected to grow with limits.