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Answering Basic Cloud Questions

Cloud computing has evolved beyond consumer use. Today, companies can take advantage of this technology. They can do more than just store simple documents – they can actually run programs and entire computer environments in the cloud. “Computing” is becoming more and more about connecting to the Web to access resources. As long as users have an Internet-capable device, they can complete practically all of their computing work in the cloud space, which is supported and backed up in a virtual environment.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing refers to the use of the Internet to access services or applications, storage, servers, and data that are hosted in a remote location owned and managed by a cloud service provider.

What types of services are available in the cloud?

There are a growing number of services available, but these are some of the most widely used ones:

PaaS – Platform as a Service is the application development environment that is available to organizations over the Internet. Examples include operating systems such as Windows, and cloud-based environments.

IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service is computing hardware and equipment, such as servers, network equipment, and data storage, that is available to organizations to help run and support their operations. The equipment is owned and managed by a cloud service provider.

SaaS – Software as a Service is the applications and software made available to customers over a network – usually the Internet. Examples include Gmail and other cloud-based email services, social media platforms, online marketing tools, and more.

DaaS – Desktop as a Service is a form of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in which the VDI is outsourced and handled by a third party. Also called hosted desktop services, Desktop as a Service is frequently delivered as a cloud service along with the applications needed for use on the virtual desktop.

DRaaS – Disaster Recovery as a Service is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third-party cloud provider to provide protection in the event of an emergency or disaster.

What are the major benefits of cloud computing?

There are dozens cloud benefits, but the ones you’ll come across most often include:

  • Anywhere, any time, any device access
  • Efficiency
  • Scalability
  • Reduced costs
  • Quick, simple setup
  • Automatic upgrades
  • Increased storage

Why is cloud computing important today?

Cloud computing has introduced a new way to operate a business in the modern age of computing. It allows organizations to take advantage of online applications, increasing high-speed Internet availability, and major hardware advances. It’s also a significantly more affordable and efficient way to operate businesses, compared to traditional IT.

Do you have any specific questions about cloud computing? Let us know in the comments so we can get them answered! You can also begin some of our free introductory courses below:

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