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Cloud computing is the delivery of virtualised IT resources over the Internet. It’s computing as a service, delivered on an on-demand, pay-per-use basis, through a cloud services platform.
“The cloud” isn’t a place, but a method of managing IT resources that replaces local machines and private data centres with virtual infrastructure. In this model, users access virtual compute, network and storage resources made available online by a remote provider. These resources can be provisioned instantly, which is particularly useful for companies that need to scale their infrastructure up or down quickly in response to fluctuating demand.
While cloud computing may not be right for every application, for many businesses, moving some or all IT operations to the cloud can have big advantages over managing them in-house, namely:
While cloud computing has many advantages, enterprises may have some concerns, including:
There are three basic cloud computing models available to businesses:
Security is one of the primary concerns of companies looking to move part or all of their IT operations to the cloud. In some industries, data security compliance regulations dictate that some applications remain in private data centres, necessitating private or hybrid cloud models. However, there are several security advantages to cloud computing, including:
Here are a few important cloud computing phrases you’ll want to understand:
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