4 Types of Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources, including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence, over the internet. Information and programs are hosted by third parties and reside on a global network of secure data centers instead of on the user’s hard drive. There are four main types of cloud computing: private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, and multi-clouds. There are also three main types of cloud computing services: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Choosing the best cloud type or cloud service depends on your organization’s unique needs and goals. 

Types of Cloud Computing

The four main types of cloud computing are private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud. A cloud deployment model is a specific configuration of accessibility and proprietorship of the infrastructure and storage size. You’ll need to consider your computing, networking and storage requirements, available resources, and business goals.

Private Clouds

Private clouds reside behind a firewall and are solely dedicated to a single end user or group. A completely on-premise cloud may be the preferred solution for businesses with tight regulatory requirements, though private clouds implemented by a colocation provider are gaining popularity. The additional control offered by a private cloud makes it easier to restrict access to valuable assets and ensures that you will be able to move your data and applications where you want, whenever you want. 

Public Clouds

Public clouds are typically created from IT infrastructure not owned by the end user. A public cloud is often recommended for software development and collaborative projects. Some of the largest public cloud providers include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. These companies provide both services and infrastructure, which are shared by all customers. Public cloud solutions are highly scalable and flexible and they can be paid through a subscription or free service. 

Hybrid Clouds

Simply put, hybrid clouds combine public and private clouds. They are designed to allow the two platforms to interact seamlessly, with data and applications moving smoothly from one to the other. It’s the perfect solution for businesses who need a little bit of both options, depending on their industry and size. A hybrid cloud model provides a more tailored IT solution that meets specific business requirements. 

Multi-Clouds

When a single public cloud isn’t enough, organizations turn to multi-clouds, a more complex hybrid cloud solution that combines a private cloud with multiple public cloud services. While a hybrid cloud always consists of a public and private cloud, a multi-cloud environment works on a case-to-case basis. Multi-cloud deployments allow organizations to accomplish multiple goals at one time without having to radically expand or rethink their existing infrastructure. 

Cloud Computing Services

The three main types of cloud computing services include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Each service model provides different levels of control, flexibility, and management so you can select the right match for your organization’s needs. 

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IaaS contains the building blocks for cloud IT, and it is the most comprehensive and flexible type of cloud computing service. It typically provides access to networking features, computers (virtual or on dedicated hardware), and data storage space. IaaS is a fully outsourced pay-per-use service and is available as a public, private, or hybrid infrastructure. 

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

PaaS removes the need for you to manage the underlying infrastructure and allows you to focus on the deployment and management of your applications. It is extremely helpful for companies that develop software and web-based applications. By using PaaS, customers can access the development tools they need, when they need them, without having to purchase them outright. 

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

For many users, SaaS is the most familiar cloud computing service. It’s a fully-developed solution ready for purchase and use over the internet on a subscription basis. With a SaaS offering, you don’t have to think about how the service is maintained or how the underlying infrastructure is managed — only how you will use the software. Many SaaS applications run directly through web browsers, eliminating the need for downloads or installations. 

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Matt Rosenthal is a technology and business strategist as well as the President of Mindcore, the leading IT solutions provider in New Jersey. Mindcore offers a broad portfolio of IT services and solutions tailored to help businesses take back control of their technology, streamline their business and outperform their competition.

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