A brief introduction to cloud computing and its different types
The term “cloud” is not a new concept in technology and computing. The cloud is a metaphor for Internet technology. Cloud computing refers to a method of outsourcing computer programs. Cloud computing allows users to access software and other applications no matter where they are located. The computer programs are hosted outside and stored in the cloud. Users don’t have to worry about power or storage and can simply enjoy the final result.
Cloud computing stores data and information on physical and virtual servers that are managed and controlled by cloud computing providers. You can access your cloud computing data as a personal or business user via an Internet connection.
Cloud Computing: Major Types
Infrastructure as a Service
IaaS, which is the lowest level of cloud solutions, refers to cloud-based computing infrastructure that is fully outsourced. IaaS providers deliver pre-installed, configured software and hardware through a virtualized interface. It is up to the customers who access the cloud services what they do with it. IaaS services include managed hosting and development environments.
- Access to IT infrastructure and resources of enterprise-grade quality
- The service they choose is paid for by the user
- Users can scale up or down according to their needs at any time
- Reduces total ownership costs and capital expenditures
Platform as a Service
PaaS, another type of cloud computing, is similar to IaaS but more advanced. PaaS is more than just providing infrastructure. Providers also offer a solution stack and computing platform as a service. An operating system, programming languages, run-time system libraries, and a graphic user interface may all be part of the IT infrastructure. PaaS’ cloud computing services are primarily used by companies who need to create, test, collaborate, and deploy cloud solutions for specific purposes. Hosting of an application is done by a third party or the PaaS provider.
- Companies are less likely to be sued because they don’t have to invest in hardware and software upfront.
- Many people are interested in building cloud applications in PaaS environments. This creates a supportive community that can help your development team.
- The cloud application development team will be able to focus their efforts on the actual development of the application, without worrying about testing or infrastructure deployment.
- The infrastructure software is not required to be updated or upgraded by companies. Instead, the PaaS provider handles all updates, routine maintenance, and patches.
Software as a Service (SaaS).
Software as a Service (SaaS), is a cloud computing platform that provides fully functional web-based apps on-demand to customers. These applications are primarily for business users. They can include ERP, web conference, email, time tracking, project tracking, CRM, and email.
- Rapid scalability
- Bundled support and maintenance
- Reduces infrastructure concerns
- Service offerings at different levels
- Internet access from anywhere
Recovery as a Service
Recovery as a Service is a cloud computing service that allows companies to restore their backups. A single platform integrates disaster recovery, archiving, and business continuity solutions. RaaS providers can help companies recover whole data centers, servers, or data. RaaS can also help businesses reduce downtime after disasters.
- It allows for faster recovery and maintains accuracy
- How can you recover data at a reasonable price?
- This allows for greater flexibility in the type of backup required
- Protect your company’s most important data from permanent or temporary loss
- Protects against permanent loss of IT infrastructure and physical infrastructure
While cloud computing solutions offer many benefits, there are some challenges that you’ll have to face when it comes to security. Cloud computing security is a new type of security that focuses on extreme protection. It features state-of-the-art functionalities that are more comparable to traditional on-premise IT security systems. This provides security to protect customer and business confidential information from theft and major online security breaches.
These cloud computing services may have weaknesses in their security practices, leaving users’ data susceptible to malware attacks. Comodo’s cWatch Cloud-managed cloud security service is available to prevent such attacks. It can provide application and network security in a variety of deployment scenarios (cloud, on-premises, or hybrid). cWatchCloud was created to provide consistent protection for confidential assets and data available in the cloud.
cWatchCloud is a comprehensive security solution that can be used in a variety of environments. It meets a wide range of compliance requirements, including HIPAA and PCI DSS. cWatch Cloud will provide you with a secure IT environment and provide extensive reports as required by compliance authorities.
cWatch Cloud’s network threat detection, log management, and application security management features will ensure compliance with all IT security regulations published by nearly all authorities.
cWatch cloud offers 24/7 monitoring, incident handling, and response. Comodo cWatch Web Security has top-level security experts available to you so you can be certain about the event’s significance when you contact them. They will remove all other events and only escalate the most important ones using well-defined manual and automated procedures.