WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?

A beginner’s guide to cloud computing

Access computing services – like servers, storage, networking, software – over the internet (“the cloud”).

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more over the Internet (“the cloud”) to deliver faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale. Typically, you only pay for the cloud services you use; this helps reduce operating costs, run infrastructure more efficiently and scale as your business needs change.

Top Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a change from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. Here are six common reasons organizations are turning to the cloud.

Cost

Cloud computing eliminates the capital expenditures and resources needed to run and manage your own infrastructure. The costs of hardware, software, utilities, and on-site management of servers are increasing rapidly.

Speed

Most cloud computing services are self-service and on-demand. Even massive amounts of computing resources can often be provisioned in minutes with just a few clicks, giving businesses plenty of flexibility and removing the pressure of capacity planning.

Global Scale

Cloud computing services include the ability to scale flexibly. In cloud language, this means providing the right amount of IT resources. For example, choosing more or less computing power, storage, and bandwidth when needed and from the right geographic location.

Productivity

On-premises data centers often require heavy "rack and stack" hardware installation, software patching, and other time-consuming IT management tasks. Cloud computing eliminates the need for many of these tasks, allowing IT teams to work towards more important business goals.

Performance

Cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centers using the latest generation of computing hardware. This global network provides users of your application with the reduced network latency they expect. As your user base changes geographically, so can your cloud infrastructure.

Security

Cloud providers often offer a broad set of policies, technologies, and controls that strengthen your overall security posture. These tools protect your data, applications, users and infrastructure against potential threats.

Types of Cloud Computing

Not all clouds are the same, and no single type of cloud computing is right for everyone. Many different models, types and services have been developed to help provide the right solution for your needs. First you need to determine the type of cloud deployment or cloud computing architecture that your cloud services will be applied to. There are four different ways to deploy cloud services: in public cloud, private cloud, multicloud, or hybrid cloud.

Public Cloud

Public clouds are owned and operated by third-party cloud service providers who provide computing resources such as servers and storage over the Internet. FibaCloud is an example of a public cloud. In the public cloud, all hardware, software, and other supporting infrastructure is managed by the cloud provider. You access these services and manage your account using a web browser.

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