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What is "The Cloud"?

What is "The Cloud"?

In the tech world, you’ll hear the word, “cloud” frequently, especially when linked to services like iCloud and Google Drive among many others. But what exactly is “the cloud” and what role does it play in business today? The cloud generally refers to servers and the software and databases that run on those servers that users can access over the internet.  

Types of Cloud Services

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Cloud providers that actively manage resources, or “services”, are known as cloud services. They can include products like data storage, applications, infrastructure, and development tools among others. These services are then categorized into three different service models:
  1. Software as a Service (SaaS): Where cloud server providers sell software applications on a subscription basis online. Ex: Microsoft Office 365, Google Workspace, etc.

  2. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Where cloud server providers deliver computing resources like virtual machines (VMs), storage, and networks. Ex: Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), or any of PSPINC's SaaS business tools, among many other examples.

  3. Platform as a Service (PaaS): Where cloud server providers host hardware and software on their own servers for those who need application development. Some companies, like PSPINC, have even developed their own web and email servers and systems. Ex: Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, etc.

The Importance of the Cloud in Business

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Since there are millions of cloud servers located in data centers worldwide, companies and individuals from around the world can use cloud computing resources without needing to build and maintain physical infrastructure. Therefore, businesses only pay for what they use and can easily collaborate because users can access cloud servers from virtually anywhere.
With the minimal costs and stable infrastructure cloud servers provide, companies can then focus their resources on scaling their business up or down depending on demand. And since cloud providers also manage updates and maintenance for hardware, software, and security, it frees up internal resources. All in all, cloud computing has changed the entire business industry, letting companies focus on growth and innovation without having to worry about infrastructure management.
For more information or assistance on cloud services, don't hesitate to reach out to our experts.

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