Cloud computing has become more popular in recent months among business owners, IT professionals and regular users alike. A growing part of cloud computing is cloud software and the services available to both individuals and corporations. However, before diving into cloud software, one must first understand the whole concept of cloud computing.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service, rather than a product. Software, shared resources and information are made available to computers via a utility over a network, such as the internet. It is similar to an electricity grid, in which end-users do not require knowledge of the configuration or physical location of the system that delivers the services. Cloud computing provides users with software, data access and storage services.
Cloud computing fills a need in the IT market: a way to add capabilities and increase capacity quickly and easily without investing money in training, new personnel or having to license new software. Providers deliver the applications to end-users via the internet and are accessed from a typical web browser. Business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Most cloud computing platforms have services that are delivered via shared data centers.
Public Cloud: This is the most popular type of cloud, where resources are delivered to the general public on a self-serve basis. Information is delivered over the internet, via web services or web applications from a third party provider (offsite) who bills on a utility computing structure.
Community Cloud: The infrastructure is shared between various organizations in a specific community who have common concerns (compliance, security, etc.) It could be managed by a third party or internally, and hosted externally or internally.
Hybrid Cloud: A hybrid cloud consists of two or more clouds that are unique but bound together, offering benefits of multiple models.
Private Cloud: This is a cloud that is operated for a single organization only. It can be managed by a third party or internally. Naturally, this is the most expensive option.
What is Cloud Software?
Cloud software builds on the cloud infrastructure and provides users with instant gratification, as it only takes a few minutes to get up and running. The benefits of cloud software are numerous. For the most part, cloud software is easy to maintain and is globally accessible. Cloud software allows you to control your own data; there are no restrictions and you can move your data on or off your cloud as you need to. Because the software is designed to be run in the cloud, it is already equipped to replicate. You can create as many additional copies of your data as you see fit.
As your business grows or your needs increase, simply add more virtual infrastructure and you’ll be able to run as smoothly as ever. The software is designed and created to run on one machine, or one hundred machines. Another great thing about cloud software is that you can change from one provider to another with ease. It can run on virtually anything.
Cloud software puts the customer back in control of their own data, infrastructure and storage needs. This control is a big plus for consumers who are used to making their own choices and manipulating their own data.