What is The Cloud?

 

Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

The term “cloud” was inspired by the symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams.

Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the Internet.

Cloud computing enables companies to consume compute resources as a utility — just like electricity — rather than having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in-house.

Cloud computing promises several attractive benefits for businesses and end users. Three of the main benefits of cloud computing include:

  • Self-service provisioning: End users can spin up computing resources for almost any type of workload on-demand.
  • Elasticity: Companies can scale up as computing needs increase and then scale down again as demands decrease.
  • Pay per use: Computing resources are measured at a granular level, allowing users to pay only for the resources and workloads they use.

Cloud computing services can be private, public or hybrid.

Private cloud services are delivered from a business’ data center to internal users. This model offers versatility and convenience, while preserving management, control and security. Internal customers may or may not be billed for services through IT chargeback.

In the public cloud model, a third-party provider delivers the cloud service over the Internet. Public cloud services are sold on-demand, typically by the minute or the hour. Customers only pay for the CPU cycles, storage or bandwidththey consume.

If you need more help or guidance with understanding cloud technology, please contact Acumen on 407-965-2411 and talk to one of our technical consultants.  Just ask for the Cloud Team.

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