According to the National Institute of Standards & Technology(NIST), Cloud Computing can be defined as:

 

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

(September 2011)

Confusing... Is it? Not anymore!

Basically, Cloud computing is a platform that performs services like data storage, software, networking, databases and servers through the internet. It has substituted the physical use of hard drives and private servers. 

 

Types of Cloud Computing

 

On the basis of cloud location

On the basis of services rendered

  • Public

  • Private

  • Hybrid

  • Community cloud

  • SaaS: Software as a Service

  • PaaS: Platform as a Service

  • IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

  • Storage, database, application, testing-as-a-service, integration... 

 

How does it work?

Cloud serves as a medium to provide services substituting the physical hard drive or a server. Let’s understand it with the help of an example:

Imagine the cloud as your bag that you have filled with all your data and information. Now, consider a hypothetical situation where you are supposed to provide a particular piece of information; in this case, your bag acts as a medium to deliver the required information that is kept safe in the bag. Cloud in real life is a bag of information or data. Cloud acts as an intangible medium carrying data and information for different users and allows them to gain services from it via a connection and i.e internet.

Cloud Computing services

  • Build Cloud Native applications for your e-commerce business.

  • Create a platform based game which shares real-time connectivity across the globe.

  • Allows you to build and check your tools and applications

  • Get big data analytics for your business saving you from unexpected obstacles.

  • Store, backup, recover or use your data anywhere anytime.

  • Render software as a service to your customer.

 

Cloud Computing service models

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Customers can run and deploy arbitrary software including operating systems and applications.

Applications: Virtual machines, servers, storage, load balancers, etc.

 

Software as a Service (SaaS): SaaS is a cloud-based service in which accessing an application is possible via the internet instead of downloading software on your desktop PC.

Applications: CRM, e-mail, virtual desktop, communication, games, etc.

 

Platform as a Service (PaaS): Consumers can acquire applications created using programming languages, libraries, services, and tools supported by the provider.

Applications: Execution runtime, database, web server, development tools, etc.

 

Cloud Computing deployment models

Private Cloud: It is a cloud infrastructure operated solely for an organization. It can be managed internally or by a third party.

Ex: Self-run data centers

 

Public Cloud: In this cloud infrastructure, services are rendered over a network that is open for public use. To avail such services, consumers may have to purchase a connection offered by the cloud provider.

Ex: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

 

Hybrid Cloud: An amalgamation of a public cloud and a private environment is referred to as a hybrid cloud.

 

Multi-Cloud: In multi-cloud infrastructure, consumers can migrate between different cloud providers or even operate concurrently across two or more cloud providers.

Cloud Computing Benefits

  • Reduce your cost and expenditure by opting for cloud computing services instead of purchasing private servers or hard drives.

  • Enhance your global performance by choosing the right IT resources and hardware setup

  • Speed up your decision-making process by getting correct data analysis and feedback. 

  • Reliable source for storage, backup & recovery of your data.

  • Be assured about your privacy with high tech security management. 

Characteristics of Cloud Computing:

  • Elasticity

  • Pay per use

  • Workload resilience

  • Resource pooling

  • Broad network access

  • Flexibility

  • On-demand services

  • Easy maintenance

  • Disaster recovery

 

Cloud Computing Security

The security of data is one of the major concerns while adopting cloud infrastructure. Whether you are an individual seeking cloud-based services or an organization looking for right cloud solutions, you want your data to be safe and secure. As of now, some threats are associated with data breaches in the cloud like data leakage, hardware failure and insecure interfaces. With cloud computing gaining massive popularity, privacy concerns need to be addressed. A solution can be to adopt a private cloud to ensure higher levels of control for the owner.

 

All about Amazon Web Services (AWS): A leading cloud-based services provider

We all know about Amazon, right? It is our shopping store at doorstep with the comfort of purchasing items while resting on our beds. What we don’t know is AWS. Yes, Amazon provides cloud-based services too. Even, its services are one of the best in the market. AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and applications to individuals, companies, and governments on a metered pay-as-you-go basis. Consumers can pay either for a virtual AWS computer or a cluster of computers.

Services provided: Networking, database, developer tools, tools for the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, etc. The most popular services include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Amazon Simple Storage Service.

Just around the corner…

Everything is connected to the cloud now. Big data analytics is an emerging field in modern times. Cloud computing is the future of big data handling as it is by far the most cost-effective option one can ask for. As the disruption of IoT devices leads to the generation of chunks of data, cloud computing can serve the purpose of handling it properly. The concept of ‘survival of the fittest’ applies in the business sector as well. Only companies with cloud infrastructure as their base data model, will gain the most.

All of it can be easily managed if you have the right Cloud Consulting!

Now, What is Cloud Consulting?

Cloud Consulting refers to the process of building up strategies for an organization for their utilization and implementation of Cloud Computing services by cloud consultants. Cloud Consultants help you to make effective cloud-based decisions for your organization. 

For the cloud to work effectively, hire a perfect team that can consult, strategize and develop cloud computing systems to meet your regular requirements.