Cloud Computing – What is Cloud Computing?

What comes to your mind when someone says, ” Cloud Computing”. Maybe Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle, Alibaba etc., – these are some the foremost cloud service providers who typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage. In this article, we shall explain the basic concepts of cloud computing.

Cloud Computing

 

First of all, what is cloud computing? Cloud computing is a delivery model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. These resources include networks, servers, storage, applications, and services.

It is simply the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources hosted on a cloud services platform through the internet with a pay-as-you-go pricing model. It enables large-scale services without up-front investment. In other words, cloud computing is just the delivery of hostings services by the cloud service provider to a client over the internet.

Generally, cloud computing is the use of remote servers on the internet to store, manage, and process data rather than a local or on-premise server or your personal computer. To store your data in the cloud is nothing other than storing your files on a file storage system.

What are the Uses of Cloud Computing?

Most people use cloud computing without noticing it. If you use an online service to send email, listen to music, play games, edit documents, watch movies or TV, store pictures and other files, it is likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. The growth in the cloud computing market in the last decade has been huge. A variety of organizations ranging from tiny startups to global corporations, government agencies to non-profits are embracing the technology for all sorts of reasons. Let us look at a few of the things you can do with the cloud. You can

  • Store, back up and recover data
  • Create new apps and services
  • Audio and video stream
  • Host websites and blogs
  • Analyze data for patterns and make predictions
  • Deliver software on demand

What were the Problems People Faced Before Cloud Computing?

Lets narrow this down. Suppose you want to host a website, you will probably be concerned about the following issues:

  1. How many servers do I need?
  2. What is the setup cost?
  3. How do I manage the peak traffic periods? Buy more servers?
  4. Who monitors and maintains the servers?
  5. What is the manpower requirements?

These were the issues people faced before the advent of cloud computing.