You must have heard of phrases like –the cloud, cloud computing, or cloud technologies— and may be wondering what the hell does it mean!
Cloud is a metaphor for the Internet.
In simple terms, it is the storing and accessing of data and applications over the Internet as an alternative to your computer’s hard drive. You make use of cloud technologies — when you upload your pictures on Facebook, download videos from Youtube or store documents on google drive, OneDrive — to store your personal or business documents, files and photos could save you time, trouble and a lot of headaches searching for specific files when needed.
From a broader perspective, cloud computing encompasses the delivery of computing services such database, storage, software, servers, networking, and lots more over the Internet, which can be rapidly provisioned and released with a minimum management effort. It allows an organization –small or big—to outsource a potentially huge portion of IT infrastructures to simplify workflow and minimize budget without compromising efficiency.
Companies offering cloud computing services — such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM — are called cloud providers, and they typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage. Usually, monthly or annual payment is made for subscription, support, upgrades, and maintenance.
There are three main types of cloud computing service models—Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (Paas)— and 4 major types of cloud computing deployment models which include, Public Clouds, Community Clouds, Private Clouds and Hybrid Clouds.
Uses of cloud computing in various industries
Check out a number of the most frequent uses for cloud computing in various industries.
- File storage
- Growth design
Cloud will provide you with the option of storing your files in access, storage and also retrieving them from any web-enabled interface. Organizations will only be paying for the quantity of storage they actually consume and do so without concern about monitoring the daily maintenance of the storage infrastructure.
A good backup stores a copy of your files in a remote location. Gone are those days where you make a backup to disk or tape and shipping these to a storage facility which is time-consuming, expensive and logistical complex. A cloud-based backup is an effective approach: Backups is usually designed to operate automatically, the data is stored in a remote and secure location where it is definitely available when needed and capacity is definitely not a challenge.
Disaster recovery can be very difficult for small businesses. As a matter of fact, quite a few companies will remain in business if they have lost all of their important data in a disaster. By migrating your data to the cloud, you are securing and protecting your data from any kind of disaster – big or small.
By utilizing the cloud, organizations and businesses are able to plan for growth without an expensive up-front investment. Cloud storage is a lot less expensive and cheaper when held up against on-site servers.
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