Cloud Computing Services – Build a Real-time Hybrid Cloud

By Charles

March 11, 2017

cloud computing, digital, IT, it services

In the beginning, there were on-premise and hosted solutions. There are 3247 meanings for the term cloud, well, give or take a few.

What are Cloud Computing Services?

Marketers have hijacked the term cloud to mean just about every single type of managed IT service that is not in the building you are sitting in.

Between you and me, there is no cloud. It’s just someone else’s computer.

Under the heading of cloud computing services are several other terms with distinct meanings for different types of services.

  • SaaS is the most well-known. It stands for Software as a Service. Think Office 365 or FreeAgent when we talk of SaaS.
  • IaaS is the next most familiar, Infrastructure as a Service. This is like purchasing VMs from Microsoft Azure or a physical server from HeartInternet.
  • PaaS is less well-known and means Platform as a Service. It allows businesses to concentrate on the actual development of the application and ignore the Infrastructure it’s running on. Using this approach, you would add a new web application in your portal manager instead of adding a new server and installing an app. Once again, Azure offers this.
  • DBaaS is the latest type of cloud service. It stands for Database as a Service. Instead of creating and managing a database server like SQL Server, you can create a single database object for your application, and everything else is handled behind the scenes.

Cloud Computing Approach

As you can see, there are many different cloud computing services, but which one is right for you?

This is an important topic which is changing rapidly, and there is no single right type of cloud service for a company. Cloud services need to be looked at from a single-project perspective.

You might have a strategy to use only on-premise solutions, cloud solutions or a hybrid approach, but the individual project requirements are inside that strategy.

In the past, most companies used ‘the cloud’ for their website and email hosting.

It can be used for CRM, accounting, databases and thousands of new uses.

To choose the correct solution for your business, we must discuss the requirements and objectives for the next few years.

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About the author

Microsoft Certified SQL Server DBA with over a decades experience including work for large FTSE 250 companies amongst others. The SQL Server stack has been the focus of almost all of my career in IT. I have experience designing, supporting and troubleshooting large Data Platform deployments.

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