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An Overview of Cloud Computing

Cloud storage – almost every day we hear the word. But what is cloud computing all about, really? It seems that’s a general issue. In June of this year, TELUS and IDC Canada published a cloud computing report that surveyed 200 Canadian enterprise and IT executives and managers around a variety of market sectors in major Canadian businesses (500+ employees). The study showed that 63% of surveyed Canadian firms did not have enough or had just a basic degree of experience to determine whether to use a cloud provider or their internal IT department.Learn more about us at The History of War Music in the U.S.

A new report from eweek.com also reveals that there is a great deal of cloud infrastructure uncertainty. The report relates to a new study conducted by Citrix Systems that in the United States involved more than 1000 people. The analysis found that most respondents assumed that the cloud was weather-related. 51 percent of respondents felt cloud storage might be messed with by the atmosphere. The study also showed that 97 percent of participants utilise cloud technology nowadays, amid the uncertainty, with examples such as online banking, shopping, social networks and file sharing. In comparison, 59 percent of respondents said they expect that the “workplace of the future” will be in the cloud, which is quite contrasting with the popularity of today’s cloud computing.

This perspective above illustrates what we see in customers of our own. Cloud infrastructure awareness is relatively small and, as a consequence, companies can lose substantial opportunities to improve their company by reducing costs and risks. Our expectation is that this article would offer insight into cloud storage to assist you in evaluating its suitability for your company needs.

What is computing in the cloud?

First of all, it’s helpful to grasp the roots of the word cloud computing. It most definitely came from the usage of a cloud picture to reflect the internet or a networked computer environment.

For cloud storage, a fast Google search can show a variety of meanings. I like a Wikipedia concept that describes cloud computing as the distribution of computing as a service whereby computers and other devices are provided with pooled infrastructure, applications and information as a utility, similar to the power grid, over a network that is most often the Internet.

What are the common frameworks for cloud computing?

It is helpful to consider the different cloud service types, in which there are three – software as a service (SaaS), application as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service, to clear out some of the uncertainty surrounding cloud computing (IaaS).

The most generally recognised cloud provider flavour is SaaS. SaaS is referred to as applications on demand occasionally. With SaaS, software and its relevant data are centrally hosted and are normally accessible through a browser over the internet. What are some SaaS examples? An example is MailChimp, the programme we use to deliver our newsletters. As with Dropbox, Google Apps is another case, and the list continues to grow.

To promote the implementation of applications without needing to spend in the expense and sophistication of hardware and software, PaaS offers the distribution of a computer infrastructure and the necessary solutions. Microsoft Azure and Google’s Software Engine provide several instances of PaaS.

The IaaS service model helps consumers to escape cloud, applications, data centre capacity and network infrastructure procurement. As a completely outsourced operation, certain services are offered. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud and Rackspace contain examples of IaaS.

It’s helpful to consider the distribution mechanisms by which cloud infrastructure is delivered, in addition to the separate cloud application models. Public, private, group and hybrid are the big distribution types.