18 Apr 2017
Introducing Cloud Computing Business Solutions
Nowadays, many offices make use of the Internet to form a network where the users can store, manage, and process data. This is called Cloud Computing.
There are different types of business solutions that use cloud computing:
- Web-Based Services
Web-based services allow businesses to select different web functions instead of a full-blown application. Web-based applications can be integrated with other parts of the businesses using XML, UDDI open standards and other languages over a protocol backbone.
For example, easy payroll and account processing can be done using web-based services. These services allow the user to choose the assortment of web apps for their businesses. Individual services can be selected through multiple providers and used alongside existing solutions.
- Software-as-a-Service (Saas)
Software-as-a-Service (Saas) is the most commonly used area of cloud computing that provides multiple cloud users access to a certain application.
A form of Saas would be Office 365, where anyone can open a monthly subscription to Microsoft’s suite of Office products. SaaS provides a complete solution owned and managed by IT services providers. These solutions are optimal for end-user applications for daily operations.
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) includes the basic necessities for the cloud and offers access to network functions, virtual machines, dedicated hardware, and storage space. These technologies serve as the foundation of business operations, Saas, and other cloud-based services.
Two common IaaS providers are Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services. They enable outsourcing of infrastructure like backup and storage space, space needed for testing and more. Windows Azure offers access to virtual networks, service buses, message queues, and non-relational storage platforms.
- Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) includes the hardware and operating systems needed to deploy and manage cloud applications. PaaS helps increase business efficiency without the hassle of managing, planning, procuring, and maintaining the cloud-based solution. PaaS and IaaS go together because a platform is needed to manage the IT infrastructure.
Windows Azure cloud services is also a PaaS provider that supports .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, Java, and Ruby. With accessible software development kits and Visual Studio, developers can easily create and deploy applications. For storage, developers can choose from a SQL Database, Tables, and Blobs.
Besides the different business solutions, there are different ways of implementing the cloud business solutions as well. They are:
A hosted cloud is a complete cloud deployment with all the applications and services that are needed. Applications are already available in a hosted cloud, and new applications can be developed on low- or high-level infrastructure. Hosted cloud solutions are entirely managed, owned, and maintained by a managed services provider and require monthly subscription fees.
Hybrid cloud deployments involve a combination of on-premises infrastructure with hosted applications. If there is already an on-premises solution in place but the user wishes to change solutions slowly, a hybrid cloud is a great solution. Hybrid solutions can help grow businesses and move into the cloud while still connected to the internal systems. For example, on-premises infrastructure can be used for sensitive or critical work while a cloud provider hosts less critical network resources.
On-premises cloud solutions use virtualisation and resource management tools. This scenario is called a private cloud.
On-premises solutions offer dedicated resources but not the complete benefits of the cloud. They are great for setting up a frontend interface for clients and potential customers through accessible portals while keeping any sensitive resources private.
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