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Cloud Computing: Concepts and Terminologies

One of the most common concerns our IT services techs addresses concerning cloud computing. Many people have a partial knowledge of what it means to store data in “the cloud,” but they do not always have the correct information. It has become a common belief that storing information in the cloud means that you are storing important information, either private or business on the Internet.

This is a false assumption.

Cloud computing is for businesses to store their important data in a secure manner away from their main computers or servers. Cloud storage is not the Internet because it has specific boundaries (the Internet is boundless) and can only be accessed through secure measures by the business owner or authorized users.

The Best Option For Data Protection

If you are searching for a safe and economical way to store your business data, then you want to look into cloud storage. Using cloud storage for your important business data will eliminate many of the security problems you have from storing important data on a regular server. It will also eliminate the continual need for computer space as your business grows and more data is saved.

As a leading IT  and Cloud services provider in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, we can help businesses convert their data storage to cloud computing and teach them how to use this valuable service to protect their data and grow their company.

Using the cloud also makes it much easier for people to access company data from outside of the office in a secure manner. This allows companies more one-on-one contact with their clients because they can easily move around and not require clients to come into their office to conduct business.
To discover the many different benefits of using the cloud for your data storage, we encourage you to speak with one of our professional service techs.

Cloud Computing Terminologies You Should Know

  • Private Cloud

Private cloud is a type of cloud computing that delivers similar advantages to public cloud, including scalability and self-service, but through a proprietary architecture. Unlike public clouds, which deliver services to multiple organizations, a private cloud is dedicated to the needs and goals of a single organization.

  • Public Cloud

The most recognisable model of cloud computing to many consumers is the public cloud model, under which cloud services are provided in a virtualised environment, constructed using pooled shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network such as the internet.

To some extent they can be defined in contract to private clouds which ring-fence the pool of underlying computing resources, creating a distinct cloud platform to which only a single organisation has access. Public clouds, on the other hand, provide services to multiple clients using the same shared infrastructure.

  • Hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. By allowing workloads to move between private and public clouds as computing needs and costs change, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options.

  • PaaS, SaaS, BDaaS

PaaS refers to Platform as a Service. It is a category of cloud computing where developers and businesses are provided with a platform or environment for building applications and services over the internet. With PaaS model, the cloud provider provides operating system, programming environment, database and webserver.

Saas stands for Software as a Service. SaaS if often referred to as on-demand software where users are provided with access to application software and databases.

BDaaS is BigData as a Service that includes services that offers statistical and analytical tools or information over the internet as cloud hosted services.

  • XaaS

X stands for anything and XaaS is any number of services delivered over the internet. SaaS, PaaS and IaaS are all common examples for XaaS.

  • Cloud bursting

Cloud bursting is the concept of using the external cloud on an on-demand basis. Suppose you ran out of your computing resources on your private cloud. Then you can ‘burst’ the extra requirement to public cloud on demand. Cloud bursting is another combination of private and public cloud environments.

  • Elastic Computing

Elastic computing is a concept in cloud computing in which computing resources can be scaled up and down easily by the cloud service provider. Elastic computing is the ability of a cloud service provider to provision flexible computing power when and wherever required. The elasticity of these resources can be in terms of processing power, storage, bandwidth, etc.

  • Vendor Lock-In

Vendor lock-in in cloud computing refers to the disability of switching providers due to varying protocols, data structures and models.

  • Cloud provider

A cloud provider is a company or a third party that offers cloud computing services. They are also referred to as CSPs, cloud service providers. Cloud providers generally use a pay-as-you-go model. The best example for a cloud provider is Amazon, offering Amazon simple storage services.

  • Cloud Sourcing

Cloud sourcing is the delivery of outsourced IT assets through a cloud-based, or internet, platform. Rather than investing in hardware, software, and special IT support staff for every application used to run businesses processes on site, the application is outsourced through the cloud. You avoid the large capital outlay and on-going expense associated with keeping every process in-house.

Traditional outsourcing of IT functions has this same advantage. So what is cloud sourcing’s advantage over traditional outsourcing? There are two generally accepted advantages to cloud sourcing: accessibility and scalability.