Cloud computing can be really useful but it can also be confusing, especially if you’re new to the term and haven’t had much experience using it before. If you’re new to the cloud, don’t worry you aren’t alone! This article will cover some of the basics of cloud computing and give you an overview of what it means and how it works, so you can understand if it’s right for your business or not. Here are the basics to help you start out!
What is cloud computing
Cloud computing is a term that refers to any service you access over the Internet, rather than storing your information on your computer. Cloud computing services are helpful because they allow you to easily access files and resources from any computer with an Internet connection. Cloud services can also save space on your hard drive by allowing you to store content in the cloud instead of on your personal device. To understand how cloud services work, it helps to know what happens behind the scenes when you log into these types of programs.
Cloud vs. On-premises
One of cloud computing’s biggest advantages is that companies don’t have to buy their own hardware, software or racks of space in order to maintain a server. That means they don’t have to pay license fees or update software as often. But it also means that if something goes wrong with a cloud service like, say, hackers break into Amazon Web Services and delete all your data you might not be able to access it at all. Some companies opt for hybrid solutions: They use cloud services when they want to scale up quickly or need specialized tools and then keep some data on-premises (i.e., stored on servers they own) so that they can always access it when needed.
Why do I need clouds then?
Cloud computing is a buzzword that’s been around for a while now, but do you know what it really means? And why do you need it if you’re just getting started with your own business? If you haven’t asked yourself these questions, or have no idea how to answer them, cloud computing may not be right for your current level of technology savvy. But don’t worry we can help! This post will walk you through everything about cloud computing and why it matters to your small business. So whether you’re looking to get more technical or are an old hand at tech, keep reading. We promise there won’t be any complicated jargon ahead.
Who are cloud providers
Cloud providers often referred to as IaaS providers, or infrastructure as a service providers host your data and software on a computer or a cluster of computers in an offsite location. Your data is stored elsewhere, and you access it via cloud provider apps, which run on your local device. For example, if you use Gmail instead of Microsoft Outlook as your email client and use Dropbox to store your files online instead of storing them locally on your hard drive, you’re using cloud services. The biggest cloud service providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. There are also many smaller players in the market, including Rackspace and DigitalOcean.
Managing Data Centers in the Cloud
For example, in a cloud environment, you’re likely to see services like Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure that allow users to rent resources, storage space and compute time from vendors like Amazon or Microsoft. These resources can be scaled up or down at any time and only charged for what you use. This results in a pay-as-you-go model that makes cloud computing cost-effective in many cases. So rather than buy expensive hardware of your own, you can rent it from these providers as necessary.