Is your company considering cloud computing? Cloud computing comes in many different flavors, but the following are some of the most popular forms:
These three basic forms of cloud computing deliver on-demand technology through the Internet.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
SaaS is the most commonly used type of cloud computing. The SaaS approach delivers fully-functioning software through the Internet only when the customer needs it. You log on to your application site and get to work. In the past, these types of applications would be installed on the customer’s desktop and would require licensing and activiation. But with SaaS, the customer doesn’t need to purchase or update licenses, because the SaaS provider stores the application on its servers.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS providers offer customers space to develop, publish, and store new web applications. In the PaaS model, users don’t need to install, operate, and maintain a platform on their own hardware. Instead, they simply access the platform as needed. A typical PaaS solution might be a development server, in which the customer uses the PaaS provider's Application Programming Interface (API) to create their applications.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IaaS is the most basic cloud service, providing customers access to web storage space, servers, and Internet connections. The IaaS provider owns and maintains the hardware and customers rent space and basic services. These services can include email, file storage, and networking through the use of a third-party provider. In an IaaS environment, the customer doesn’t need to employ their own technical specialists.
Need More Info?
Sound good? Are you ready to migrate your e-mail, software, and app development over to the cloud? You’ve got a lot riding on your data and apps, so get some more information before you make your move to the cloud.
Consider the following:
- How much does it cost you when your cloud provider has an outage or a security breach and you can’t access your data?
- What about if you need additional services, like testing, monitoring, and extra security for your data? How do those extra services affect your cloud computing fees?
See what SolarWinds has to say before making that move. See the video, Cloud Computing 101 - the Need to Know Basics, and the whitepaper, Cloud Computing and its Effects on Network Management, for more info on what you need to know about cloud computing.