What is Cloud Computing

Diceitwise
On 11 Feb 2012 by in Category Article

In this Article we will try to clear out the doubts and showcasing the features of cloud computing.While analyzing the different aspects of this cutting edge technology, we make an attempt to present a clear picture.

THE WORD CLOUD COMPUTING…!!

Cloud is a welcome change from traditional hardware, time bound technology techniques.

Cloud is the name given to third generation of computing technology, elevating from second level hardware dependence. It is based on the virtual secured environment on the shared public domain. This backs the costing structure in such a way that it drops down drastically and makes it consumer friendly both economically and technically.

 

Factors making the cloud a popular choice these days are:-

First and foremost is the cost involved, it’s amazing to see the cut down it bring to your IT expenditures. Cloud is a clubbed services virtual environment, which works on PAY AS YOU GO.

That means consumers only pay’s for the services which they have used. Now key word is “services” no hardware cost, no setup cost, no maintenance cost etc…  This easily brings down your cost to approx 80% to its existing value. Let us understand this with an example that earlier a server with all the latest specifications, such as processor, ram, chaise, hard drives etc..was costing somewhere around $1500. Once on cloud with the same specifications will be available at $100 -$200 (approx) these figure may vary from one vendor to another, but surly gives you an idea of cost saving and the difference it could make to your balance sheet. Of course now you will have more money on hands to spend on your business growth making a great sense then spending on hardware.

Another feature that really impresses me is the time involved in building and managing cloud servers are almost negligible in comparison to similar configuration in the physical hosted environment. The most popular cloud environment is a Public cloud having shared tenants’ structure, this provide total freedom to its consumer and makes it a headache of provider to make sure you remain on minimal downtime. Infact most of them are offering 99% uptime in shared public cloud services. The reason behind is to have multiple clients hosted on high end infra support technology working as cloud, where if anything goes wrong for some reason than not just one, but the entire consumer base will get effected. This could result in missing the SLA’s and paying penalties.

You are not required to be technical expert to build a server on cloud, where most of the companies offering in house control panel to manage their cloud environment any server can be build or decommissioned with few clicks. Saving time , money and effort to manage your servers is a great relief. This popular feature of CLOUD encourages the majority to switch to this new age technology.

 

Cloud is technically distributed into following categories.

IaaS (Infrastructure as a  service )

PaaS (Platform as a service)

SaaS (Software as a service)

Click on above links to learn more on these technical terms.