Cloud computing is an approach to use a network of remote servers which is hosted on the internet to control, store and process data and not on a local server or a personal computer. It refers to sharing resources, information, and software through the internet.
With cloud storage, the user doesn’t have to store data on a physical hard drive, and this allows to access the data from anywhere, from any device laptop/tablet/smartphone and at any time. It also makes it easy for users who can parallelly work on the same document or presentation and make changes which streamline to get the work even when they are away from the office.
How do Cloud Computing Works?
Cloud computing services come in different types designed to fit different needs to suit different business/individual user’s needs. Some types of cloud computing services are designed exclusively for individual users to store documents, photos, and videos while there are other types of computing services that cater for companies to deliver infrastructure to develop IT applications. Cloud computing services are offered at a price. Fees can be paid on a monthly or yearly basis and price vary depending on the type of services you choose from the provider.
Cloud Computing is built up of two sections – front end and back end sections while they integrated with each other through the internet.
The user-facing is the front end and it comprises of the client’s application/network or the computer that is connected to the client network the backend is where all the devices, data storage systems, and servers are connected to form a cloud.
Types of Cloud Service Models
Businesses and individual users use cloud computing services in different forms
Following are the three main cloud servicing models
Software as a Service (SaaS)
The cloud service provider offers applications and software through the internet. Users are free to use the software which can be accessed through the web either for free or through a paid subscription.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Businesses can use cloud computing services in the form of Platform as a Service. The PaaS provider offers the cloud platform where the software can be built and implemented.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service also termed as IaaS offers a public cloud platform for businesses. They are equipped to offer their resources, security compliance and network connectivity as a product that can be used by businesses or can be customized as per the business requirements.
Benefits of cloud computing services
- Instant deployment through readily-made cloud-based resources
- Easy remote access to the required application and data from anywhere
- Enhanced IT productivity and 100% uptime
- Scalable and compatible resources
- 100% security of the organization data and assets