What Exactly Is Cloud Computing?

What Exactly Is Cloud Computing?

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Fencecore digital administration—cloud computing—is a great way for small businesses to compete in the extremely competitive global economy.  And here are a few ways cloud computing could help a business to compete:

SERVICE MODELS

There are three basic types of cloud service models.  You might use all of them or start with one and then move to another; it all depends on how your business works and, more importantly, how your business changes and grows over time.

  • IaaS—Infrastructure as a Service offers provisional access to cloud server hardware and storage, network capacity, and other basic computing resources
  • PaaS—Platform as a Service provides access to essential operating software and services for the purpose of developing and using customer-created software applications
  • SaaS—Software as a Service provides integrated access to provider software

DEPLOYMENT MODELS

Now, these three cloud service modes have to be deployed somehow.  With that, here are the four types of settings in which you could deploy a cloud-service model: private, community, public, hybrid.

  • Private—the “private cloud” pertains to access of data from intranet servers with an internal host used only within one organization
  • Community—the “community cloud” pertains to an infrastructure that can be accessible to a slightly larger group (a “community”) of servers
  • Public—the “public cloud” pertains to any infrastructure which is accessible from and to the whole internet and utilized by the general public
  • Hybrid—the “hybrid cloud” pertains to some combination of the two or more of the aforementioned cloud types

BENEFITS

Cutting to the chase, then, here are some ways that cloud-based computing benefits you over traditional forms of computing, like enterprise computing.  First of all, cloud computing offers something called scalability: this is an online environment which encourages growth at a healthy pace:

  • Lower Capital Costs—every business has to spend money on services, but you can cut your networking and data costs with cloud-based services; and even in a highly volatile industry
  • Lower Capital Costs—essentially, paying for ala carte cloud-based services means that you only pay for what you use instead of paying a staff (which could be too many people who aren’t doing enough work)
  • No hardware
  • No software
  • An optimal IT infrastructure providing you with quick access to fundamental computing services

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