What is Cloud Computing?

 

Quite simply, cloud computing is a generalized term that is used for any hosting service provided over the Internet. While the general concept of cloud computing may seem difficult to understand at first, it is actually simpler than one might realize.

 

This type of computing utilizes remotely located servers that are able to provide virtual services over the Internet. Instead of the traditional hardware and software devices that many individuals  have become accustomed to using, companies are now provided with a more efficient and secure method to conduct business. With cloud computing, users are able to access a variety of different computing solutions, rather than managing the necessary equipment themselves.

 

Advantages to Cloud Computing

 

One of the biggest advantages that cloud computing provides is the ability to offer flexibility through scalability. Basically, this means that a system has the ability to scale and adapt to various changes that occur within a specific workload. Unlike traditional software and hardware devices, cloud computing will cater to different users and their specific workload.

 

Another advantage of cloud computing is the accessibility of various types of software. As long as one has an internet connection, through a remote server, one can virtually access any application that is required to complete a particular computer related task.

 

Additionally, accessibility is important because it allows for more control over how and when specific documents or files can be accessed. In addition to these benefits, cloud computing is also much more cost-effective when compared to other conventional resources. Whether it's a complete software package, constant system updates or new hardware devices, cloud computing is available at a fraction of the cost.

 

Types of Cloud Computing

 

When it comes to cloud computing, there are three main options that users can choose from. The most common type of cloud computing is done on a public cloud. This option is available to the public through a specialized service provider that hosts the cloud infrastructure at a remote location. Typically, public cloud service providers like Google and Microsoft operate their own infrastructure and provide public access over the Internet. With public cloud computing, users have no control over where the infrastructure is hosted from and have limited security protections, accessibility variances and restricted configuration abilities.

 

Another common type of cloud computing is done on a private cloud. A private cloud is either hosted at your location or at an external location and provides more security and control when compared to a public cloud. Through private cloud computing, companies are able to access applications that are not shared with other businesses. Because this option provides more security and control, private clouds are generally more expensive.

 

The last type of cloud computing is the hybrid cloud. Hybrid clouds will combine different aspects of both public and private clouds to offer unique advantages that the other two options don't provide. Generally, hybrid cloud infrastructures requires both in-house and off-site cloud hosted infrastructures. By utilizing a hybrid cloud,  different resources are expanded over the most efficient and effective environment possible. The only downside to this option is that one has to organize a variety of different security platforms and establish communication between different parts of one's business.

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