How businesses take advantage of cloud servers

Tuesday 9 October 2012


More and more businesses are taking advantage of the benefits offered by cloud computing solutions in order to enhance their service deliveries and be able to meet the demands of the fast paced technology world in which we now live.  While there are community, hybrid, private and public types, cloud computing options are also offered at service levels based on the cloud computing requirements of different businesses.  This determines the kind of customer service, programming language and environment tools that are available for you to make use of.  An organisation can thus be offered a cloud infrastructure, platform and required software, or just the infrastructure, or both platform and infrastructure, depending on the type of service offered.

There are three cloud-based services that are available to organisations and companies, including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.   IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) involves the outsourcing of just your cloud hosting infrastructure and is the minimum form of cloud computing available.  The infrastructure provider gives a virtual interface that has already been configured in order for you to be able to operate from, with the main services offered by them being the likes of environment development and hosting, leaving the business to deal with other things.

PaaS (Platform as a Service) features all of the benefits offered by IaaS as well as a computing platform.  Together with infrastructural support, PaaS also provides an operating system, programming languages, graphical interfaces and so on.  Companies that are not willing to become involved with the deployment and maintenance of the platform tend to stick with PaaS and are thus able to maintain their focus entirely on the development and deployment of cloud-based solutions on a particular environment.

SaaS (Software as a Service) is able to offer extremely advanced web-based offerings aimed at the non-technical individual.  It offers a fully functional set of applications such as the likes of emails, web conferencing, relationship management and so forth.  SaaS-service level is the level that offers services that can be made use of right away.  Ultimately, the cloud servers service type that you decide you require is dependant on the kind of IT support that your business needs at the present time, as well as the level of expertise that is possessed by your technical team.  You need to prepare and plan with great care before you move your digital support to the cloud.

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