The “cloud” is a buzzword that represents a type of computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand. Essentially, cloud computing is a way to remotely maintain and manage data via the Internet instead of storing information on a hard drive or your company’s network.
Types of Cloud Computing
• Software as a Service (SaaS) – provides users success to software in a self-service, on-demand fashion, such as web-based email, Google Docs, and Salesforce.com.
• Platform as a Service (PaaS) – provides a platform allowing consumers to develop, run, and manage applications, think Microsoft Azure or Google App Engine
• Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – provides servers, storage, and a network. For example, web hosting and Amazon Web Services
With cloud computing there is something for everyone. Many organizations are moving toward cloud based solutions. Being cost effective, flexible, and secure it allows people to share resources and optimize performance.