What cloud service types are there?

In previous and great articles in here, we already talked about what Cloud is and the types that exist floating above our heads. But today, for a change, we want to focus more on one of its totally forgotten key aspects: Are clouds actually made of childish dreams and cotton candy? No! Just kidding! Today we are going to talk in “Pandora FMS discussions” about what cloud service types there are.

Of course, before, we will do a little review to get updated on what the Cloud is and the types of cloud that we can find in the extensive field of technology.

What is the Cloud?

We know as “the Cloud” a worldwide network of servers that have their own role. This server network is humongous and they work and interact with each other from the most remote places in the world. They communicate with each other to work as a single omnipotent system. Their main task is to store and manage information. They can also send content, grant services, run applications, work in streaming… Thanks to the Cloud, you don’t need to access information or files stored in your computer. You can get them online, from any device connected to the Internet. The data will be wherever you are and when you need it. The Cloud is like that, almighty.

What is Cloud Computing?

“Cloud Computing” is that wonderful technology that, using Cloud features, provides services through the Network. Cloud Computing allows us to have all our information on the Internet and to be able to work with it. It gives us access to all kinds of computing resources spread throughout the whole world. Perhaps multi location is the strength of Cloud Computing, since it offers the possibility of reciprocity and collaboration among all users. We are a team!

Cloud service types: Software as a Service (SaaS)

The most common examples of this type of service in the Cloud (SaaS) may possibly ring a bell. You just have to think about your email and office tools. That’s because Software as a service (SaaS) gives us the chance to connect to cloud-based applications, do it over the network and use them.

Software as a Service provides a comprehensive software solution, available from a cloud service provider, through a pay-per-use model. You rent the use of an application for your company and the blessed users connect to it through the network. All the infrastructure that keeps it and the information of the applications are in the information center of the supplier. The service provider is in charge of all the hardware and software and must also guarantee the availability and security of both the application and the information used. This type of service (SaaS) allows a company to start and run its applications with a low initial cost.

Cloud service types: Platform as a Service (PaaS)

There is also PaaS or Platform as a service. We can say about it that it is a complete cloud-located development and implementation environment. Its resources range from simple Cloud-based applications to fully sophisticated and chic Cloud-ready business applications.

It works as follows: You buy the resources you need from a cloud service provider, which you will access through a safe connection, but you will only pay for the use you make of them.

Like IaaS, which we will talk about later, PaaS has a server infrastructure, storage and network types, as well as middleware, development tools, business intelligence services, database administration systems and much more. The Platform as a Service is designed to hold what we could call “the complete life cycle of a web application”; That is from compilation, testing and deployment to administration and updating.

Regarding the practical part, the Platform as a Service will save us the costs of purchasing and managing software licenses or application infrastructure, as well as investments in the underlying middleware, development tools and many other resources. You can manage the applications and services they develop, and the provider everything else.

Cloud service types: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service is an instantaneous computing infrastructure, supplied and managed through the Network.

IaaS takes in fluctuations and rapidly increases or decreases on demand, allowing you to pay only for what is used. It also helps considerably to avoid high expenses and the complexity of purchasing and managing your own physical servers or any other data center infrastructure. Each resource is offered as a separate service component and you only need to rent a certain one for as long as you need it.

Among the great advantages of IaaS, there is avoiding high expenses and reducing current costs, innovating quickly (as soon as it is decided to market a new product) and, of course, the corresponding increase in security.

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