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(Belize, Central America - Jeff M. Wang)
 
 

 

Cloud Computing

 

Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. As cloud computing becomes mainstream, organizations are now moving toward adopting it into the in-house processes. As such, almost all industries are witnessing an increase in the use of cloud-based platforms and services.

Cloud computing is quickly becoming the standard way for technology companies to access IT infrastructure, software and hardware resources. The technology enables companies to be able to use applications and other resources managed by third party companies that are stored in high-end server computers and networks. Almost everything in the digital world is connected to the cloud in some way or another - unless it’s specifically kept in local storage for security reasons. 

As tech giants and startups find new ways to organize, process and present data cloud computing will become a more and more integral part of our lives. Michael Dell once said that “the cloud isn’t a place, it’s a way of doing IT”.

 

Major Types of Cloud Computing and Uses

 
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(An example of a distributed cloud infrastructure. Source: ResearchGate)


- Major Types of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services like servers, storages and more over the Internet. The companies that offer these computing services are called cloud providers. They charge for cloud computing services based on usage.

Cloud computing is usually classified on the basis of location, or on the service that the cloud is offering. Based on a cloud location, we can classify cloud as: Public, Private, Hybrid, and Community Cloud. Based on a service that the cloud is offering, we classify as: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS(Platform-as-a-Service), SaaS(Software-as-a-Service), or, Storage, Database, Information, Process, Application, Integration, Security, Management, Testing-as-a-service.

Although you do not realize you are probably using cloud computing right now, most of us use an online service to send email, edit documents, watch movies, etc. It is likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. 

 

- Uses of Cloud Computing

Today a variety of organisations ranging from tiny startups to government agencies are embracing this technology for the following: Create new apps and services as well as store, back up and recover data; Host websites and blogs; Stream audio and video; Deliver on demand software services; Analyze data for patterns; Make predictions

 

Check out the Wikipedia: Cloud Computing for more details.

 

Cloud Computing in 2020 and Beyond

 

The future is bright for cloud computing. The field will evolve rapidly in the coming years. In the future, deploying cloud technology with edge computing will be becoming an integral part of the technological setup.

 

- Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC)

Cloud computing is naturally combined with mobile devices to enable the active functionalities. Mobile cloud computing is a combination of mobile computing and cloud computing. Mobile cloud computing is the most influential section of cloud computing and it's expected to expand the mobile ecosystem. Mobile devices evolved from voice calls enabled devices to smart devices which enabled the user to access services at anytime from anywhere. The main aim of mobile cloud computing is to provide rich mobile applications with rich user experience of mobile devices. 

 

 

 

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