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An Introduction to Types of Cloud Computing

So you’ve heard that cloud computing is a big deal, and you want in. That’s great.

The problem is knowing where to start.

There are many different types of cloud computing, and it can be really challenging to find out which one suits your business needs.

Luckily for you, we’re here to help with that. Read on to learn more about cloud computing and what each type could do for your company.

The Cloud Location

Cloud location has to do with the actual placement of the computer infrastructure (aka the physical computer).

There are four different types of cloud computing locations: public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds, and community clouds. Out of these, you’ll most likely be focusing on either the public or private clouds.

Public clouds are systems that have the entire computer infrastructure located at the base of the company you are getting your cloud services from.

This means that you don’t have any physical control over the service. That being said, it does allow you to add and sync multiple public computers to your cloud.

This is a really good thing if you want open public communication, but be warned – since it is the most open and free to use, it is also the most susceptible to any viruses or malware that you may come across.

If you’re someone who’s more wary about the evils of the cyber world, you would be better off choosing a private cloud.

With this option, you get physical control over the infrastructure, and it is much more secure than the public cloud. Viruses and malware are also kept to a minimum.

The downside is that you don’t get to sync with anyone else in your cloud because only you are on it (that’s the “private” part of the private cloud).

Also, since you get the physical infrastructure with top-notch security features, be prepared to spend a good bit of cash.

Types of Cloud Computing Services

Here’s where things can get a little tricky.

Cloud services are the actual application of the cloud itself. The three most popular types of cloud computing services are Infrastructure as a Service (or Iaas), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Infrastructure as a Service can give your business access to important services like storage space and connections without you having to actually buy or manage the infrastructure itself.

This is the most basic cloud service out of the three, and actually is the base component for PaaS and SaaS services.

The IaaS platform allows for tons of freedom and flexibility, but with all that freedom comes a lot of complexity, so be sure you know how to use it properly to get the most out of your service.

Platform as a Service is more complicated, with multiple clouds being created within an IaaS platform.

This sounds really confusing (and it is) but in turn, it makes your online business platform much easier to maneuver and modify, and it responds well to apps.

Software as a Service is a unique service that is becoming much more common in recent years. With SaaS, you get to have the option of running the application on your own computer, so all operations are right there at your fingertips.

This means that you get to use the software exactly how it was meant to be used, and to its fullest. Sounds good, right?

On the flip side, this means the cloud servicing company won’t be able to fix problems as easily as with IaaS or PaaS, but if you can learn the system well enough, you should be fine on your own.

What to Learn More?

Now that you know about all the different types of cloud computing services, you’re well on your way to making your own.

Of course, there are a lot of other things to think about when it comes to mixing business with technology. You can learn all about it on our page.

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