What is a cloud-based solution?
Cloud-based solution refers to applications, storage, on-demand services, computer networks, or other resources that are accessed with an internet connection through another provider’s shared cloud computing framework. In simple words, your home, school, and business have electricity, right? Do you need a power plant on your property to use it? No right, we just need a connection to the one that provides electricity to your area. This is the simplest way to think of cloud computing. Cloud-based solutions stand for on-demand delivery of computing resources over the Internet. On a pay-for-use-basis, you can get access to as many resources as you need such as storage space, software and applications, networks, and other on-demand services.
Types of cloud computing
- Private clouds: A private cloud is a cloud service which not shared with any other company. Private clouds can be maintained privately, or hosted by a third party.
- Public clouds: A public cloud is a cloud service offered to multiple customers through cloud service providers. In a public cloud, services are owned and managed by a provider who also hosts other occupants.
- Hybrid clouds: Hybrid cloud is a mix of private and public clouds. Using a combination of public clouds, on-premises computing, and private clouds in your data center means that you have a hybrid cloud infrastructure.
- Multi clouds: Multi-cloud is the use of multiple cloud computing and storage services in a single network architecture. A multi-cloud environment could be all-private, all-public, or a combination of both.
What are cloud service providers?
A cloud service provider is a third-party company offering a cloud-based platform, application, or storage services. Like a house owner would pay for utility such as electricity or gas, companies typically have to pay only for the number of cloud services they use, as business demands require. So here I listed the top 5 cloud service providers:
- Amazon web service (AWS): Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an Amazon company that was launched in the year 2002. AWS is the most famous cloud service provider in the world. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most global and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 165 fully-featured services from data centers globally. This service is used by millions of customers.
- Microsoft Azure: Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform with more than 200 products and services accessible over the public internet. Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest-growing clouds among them all. Azure was launched years after the release of AWS and Google Cloud but is still knocking on the door to become the top cloud services provider.
- Google cloud: Have you ever heard of YouTube? How about Gmail or Google Maps? I think the answer will be yes, but you may not have heard about the Google Cloud Platform. Google cloud platform is a public cloud vendor, like competitors Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Google Cloud offers similar services in various categories, including compute, storage, identity, security, database, AI and machine learning, virtualization, and more.
- IBM Cloud: IBM Cloud developed by IBM is a set of cloud computing services for businesses. Similar to other cloud service providers, the IBM cloud includes IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS services via public, private, and hybrid cloud models. IBM Cloud offers the most open and secure public cloud for business with a next-generation hybrid cloud platform, advanced data and AI capabilities, and deep enterprise expertise across 20 industries.
- Server space: The era of server-based hosting has passed. It is the time of managed backend services where many service providers worldwide are providing their services, server space is one of them. Being a subscription-based platform, Serve space provides its IT infrastructure services that can be used to deploy virtual servers.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Here are some benefits of cloud computing to your business:
- Scalable data storage
- Easier and less expensive maintenance
- Eliminates disaster recovery concerns
- Better security
- Fewer compliance concerns
- Business continuity is guaranteed
- Less IT staff needed in-house
- Reduced costs
- Rapid cross-border expansion
- On-demand access to additional resources for rapid scaling
Investing in cloud solutions makes it easier to obtain all the software you need to run your business smoothly. From basic human resources tasks like buying employees and tracking time to procurement, enterprise resource management, financial management, and more, your business has everything it needs in the cloud. I hope now you have a little bit of a glimpse into Cloud computing.