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Understanding the Different Types of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing | May 6, 2022
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Cloud computing allows companies to utilize a variety of computing services including servers, storage, databases, software, and analytics over the internet. While cloud computing offers several benefits for companies of all sizes, it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your particular needs. That is why the cloud service experts at Next Hop Solutions have compiled some information on cloud computing models and cloud deployment models to help you understand the different types of cloud computing and make an informed decision for your business.

Learn how to determine which cloud services are right for you.

Cloud Computing Models

Cloud computing can be divided into three distinct models:

IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)

With IaaS, users have access to an API or dashboard by renting the infrastructure from a provider. The user manages elements like the operating system, apps, and middleware while the provider takes care of any hardware, networking, hard drives, data storage, and servers. The provider also has the responsibility of taking care of outages, repairs, and hardware issues.

PaaS (Platform as a Service)

Primarily for developers and programmers, PaaS gives users a shared cloud platform for application development and management without having to build and maintain the infrastructure that is usually associated with the process.

SaaS (Software as a Service)

SaaS is a service that delivers a software application to its users. SaaS apps are typically web applications or mobile apps that users can access via a web browser. Software updates, bug fixes, and other general software maintenance are taken care of for the user, and they connect to the cloud applications via a dashboard or API. SaaS also eliminates the need to have an app installed locally on every user’s computer, allowing for easier team access to the software.

Cloud Deployment Models

Each of these models can be deployed in the following ways:

Public Cloud

A public cloud environment is owned by an outsourced cloud provider and is accessible to multiple users through the internet on a pay-per-use model. This deployment model provides services and infrastructure to businesses who want to save money on IT operational costs, but the cloud provider is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the resources.

Private Cloud

A private cloud refers to cloud computing resources used exclusively by a single business or organization. A private cloud can be physically located within the company’s property, though some companies also pay third-party service providers to host their private cloud. With a private cloud, the services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid clouds combine public and private clouds by utilizing technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them. By allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds, a hybrid cloud gives your business greater flexibility while optimizing your existing infrastructure, security, and compliance.

To learn more about cloud computing or to inquire about our other IT services, get in touch with the team at Next Hop Solutions. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your IT requirements.


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