When someone says you have your head in the clouds, they often mean that you’re out of touch with reality or have impractical ideas. However, we at IQBG Inc. are here to tell you that having your head in the clouds is actually a good thing. Focusing on the possibilities of cloud computing can help you transform your business in ways you may have never imagined. In this blog post, we’ll provide a non-technical overview of cloud computing, explain how it can benefit your business, and address some legal and compliance concerns.
☁️ What is the Cloud?
Most people associate the word “cloud” with the white, fluffy things in the sky. However, in the context of cloud computing, the cloud is a virtual space where services such as networking, data storage, and databases are delivered over the internet. Cloud computing allows users to store files and applications on remote services and access them from anywhere with an internet connection. This enables remote work, eliminates the need to be in a specific location to access data, and provides greater flexibility for businesses.
You may already be using cloud services without even realizing it. If your company uses Gmail or Office 365, for example, you’re already in the cloud.
☁️ Types of Cloud Computing
There are three main types of cloud computing services to choose from, each offering different levels of control and services:
- Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS): This model provides access to IT infrastructure, such as hardware and software storage on a pay-as-you-go basis.
- Platform-as-a-service (PaaS): This model gives users, and developers access to components needed to build and host web applications without having to set up infrastructure beforehand.
- Software-as-a-service (SaaS): This model allows users to access the software via subscription in the cloud instead of having to purchase and install software on personal computers.
☁️ Cloud Deployment Models
Cloud computing can be structured in different ways based on control and resource sharing. Here are the four main models:
- Public Cloud: This model makes cloud services available to any user and is usually managed by governmental, academic, or business organizations.
- Private Cloud: This model is used exclusively by one organization, providing greater control over infrastructure and resources.
- Community Cloud: This model is used by a specified group of customers, such as law enforcement agencies, to share data and resources.
- Hybrid Cloud: This model uses at least two of the above deployment models. It is becoming increasingly popular for companies that want to use their existing data center resources but want them configured to interact with public cloud services.
☁️ On-Premises and Off-Premises
On-premises refers to a company’s own data center where servers and server software are obtained, and services are hosted and managed on-site. Off-premises refers to using cloud services hosted by a third-party provider, which eliminates the need for companies to host their own servers and software.
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