The Different Types of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a method that involves moving applications and data to the cloud. This lets businesses access their data from anywhere they have internet access. When businesses switch to the cloud, they can cut out costly hardware investments and quickly scale up or down infrastructure as needed. This allows companies to innovate more quickly without having to wait for new technology to be released.

Enterprises utilize the cloud most commonly by hosting their applications on servers of cloud service providers. This type of cloud computing is called Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). SaaS providers host all of the middleware, hardware and application software required to run an enterprise application in their data centers. The service is usually offered on a pay as basis, which means that the user only pays for the features they utilize.

Another popular cloud service is called Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). With IaaS, a company rents the equipment and storage required to develop their own apps in a data center that’s maintained by the cloud computing service. It’s like renting a house where you only pay for rooms you use, like the kitchen when you have dinner or the bedroom before you go to bed.

Finally, a newer cloud service called Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) is emerging that offers even more scalability and agility for business users. FaaS breaks cloud applications into smaller parts that are only activated when they’re required to ensure that you pay for the resources you require only when you’re using them.

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