The business world has recently been transformed and revolutionized by the many amazing possibilities that the cloud enables.
However, that’s not all, the who’s who of the tech business world are also some of the biggest cloud service providers, each of whom offer different types of cloud computing models – they include Google, Amazon, Microsoft and many other big names.
The cloud therefore, is a big part of our lives and we will have to embrace it wholeheartedly if we want to continue to stay relevant and not get left behind in the near future.
Here are the 3 types of cloud computing services
As you might imagine, there are many ways in which the cloud impacts lives, businesses and enterprises, and accordingly, there are different types of cloud computing services.
In general these cloud services are differentiated by their attributes and activities that they make available to their customers and clients.
However, the types of cloud computing services can be divided into 3 distinct sections – namely, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service.
Infrastructure as a Service:
The Infrastructure as a Service or IaaS allows businesses to lessen their costs, as they will not have to spend huge amounts on purchasing and maintaining their own in-house servers any more.
Therefore, IaaS allows businesses to rent out and make use of internet architecture (this includes components such as storage space, servers, and connections and more), without having to spend precious capital on the purchasing, maintaining and servicing of their own components.
This feature enables businesses of all sizes and scales to enter the market and stay competitive throughout their journey.
Platform as a Service:
As the name suggests, Platform as a Service or PaaS for short, provides companies and enterprises with a platform.
These ‘platforms’ are created on IaaS clouds and helps companies easily and successfully check the deployment and scalability of an application in a simple and easy manner.
PaaS ensures that your company can continue to function with a less intensive operational staff headcount and can also ensure that your company spends very little on checking the deployment and scalability of applications.
Software as a Service:
Software as a Service or SaaS is primarily used to describe a format in which customers or clients are allowed to access applications that a third-party has made available to them via the World Wide Web (on cloud servers).
SaaS is extremely beneficial to companies in the accounts sphere, the invoicing sphere, as well as those that need to monitor sales and other executions.
The 3 types of cloud storages (public, private, hybrid)
Now that we’ve taken a look at the services of cloud computing, let’s look at the three types of cloud computing based on storage – they are, Public cloud computing, Private cloud computing and Hybrid cloud computing.
Put simply, the type of work you perform, and the nature of data you deal with will ultimately determine which one of the 3 types of cloud computing you will choose for your business.
So, let’s take a look at each one of them in some detail.
In a typical Public set up, servers, storage, networks, development platforms and other internet architecture will be shared by several companies, organizations and enterprises who share the server they have been provided or have signed up for.
This server or servers have been made available to them for a fee by the cloud service provider (an external party).
These are usually extremely massive set ups, and owing to this, can significantly lower the individual company’s cost of subscription or rental – this in turn is very beneficial to the companies, organizations and institutions.
Besides this, as the cloud service provider takes care of the maintenance and servicing of the server, the company does not have to worry about this in any way.
However, owing to their scale and the huge variety of companies on their server, public cloud service providers are unable to provide the very best security at all times.
With this in mind, if you are dealing with sensitive data or applications, then the Public cloud may not be for you.
On the other hand, if you are running very data heavy activities which isn’t very sensitive, then the Public cloud may be the way to go.
As opposed to the Public cloud, a Private cloud best describes a format in which servers, storage, networks, development platforms, and other architecture and structures are not shared by companies, organizations and individuals on the cloud – instead, the access and use of each of these components is limited to just one company and/or its employees.
In this situation, each company deploys it’s very own software and or platforms on the cloud in question. This sort of setup, is much more secure, as the data is secured behind firewalls, and only company members and authorized personnel are granted access to the data.
However, when it comes to Private clouds, the individual company is responsible for the maintenance of applications, software and other platforms on the cloud’s infrastructure.
However, please note that Private clouds are significantly more expensive than Public clouds.
As you might well imagine, a Hybrid cloud set up is a combination of both the Private as well as the Public Cloud format.
Companies and businesses which require heavy computing and big data processing, (which does not need the highest levels of security) as well as those who also require a secure space to house and deploy their sensitive applications, software and platforms usually opt for the hybrid set up.
This gives them the best of both worlds and suits their needs perfectly.
Now, we do hope you found this article informative.
In closing, let’s give you some examples of cloud computing services, many of these, as mentioned before, have all impacted our lives on an almost daily basis – this will give you a better idea as to why the cloud is such an integral and inseparable part of our lives in the modern day.
As mentioned before, photo apps such as Flickr and Google Photos rely heavily on the cloud to store images and videos, while also giving users ready access to their data.
Similarly Google Docs, Dropbox and similar apps lets you store, transfer and send documents across to specific persons. Besides this, when we use the variety of social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you are doing so thanks to the cloud.
Thus, you can clearly see that the cloud is here, and is here to stay!