Are you wondering how to choose the right cloud solutions for your business? First things first, let’s review the basic differences between service models, and how they relate to your company’s cybersecurity and performance needs. You need all the facts before you can make an informed decision.
What Do We Mean When We Say the Cloud?
What is the Cloud? In simple terms, the Cloud allows us to store data on Internet servers, rather than a computer’s hard drive. We’re then able to access this data remotely. For example, if you have photos on the Cloud, you can view them on your cell phone as well as your laptop. This is beneficial because it’s both convenient and more efficient. It does, however, present new cybersecurity risks that must be addressed.
What Can We Store on the Cloud?
Many different kinds of information can be stored on the Cloud, such as text files, photos, email, and videos. This makes it easier to share content, and can also function as a backup in the event that something goes wrong with your computer. For example, most people have heard of Google Drive. It’s one of the most common cloud-based storage options.
Cloud Deployment Basics
So, let’s talk about cloud deployment basics. What do you really need to know? This is a term that gets thrown around a lot, making it a little confusing. Essentially, this is the way a cloud platform is implemented, but each of these options relies on the same basic principles to provide you with storage and processing tools. How the cloud platform is hosted as well as who has access to it will impact your company’s cybersecurity.
If your company has strict regulatory requirements, you may be interested in protecting your cybersecurity with a private cloud solution that’s secured behind a firewall. This option can be beneficial when you need to completely control the environment. It mainly depends on the particular needs of your industry. But there are still pros and cons to consider. While authorized users will be able to access a private cloud from any location, no one else will be able to, and there are some instances where this can be an inconvenience to work around. The main bonus point is that private cloud solutions give you more control over your cybersecurity, as it’s easier to restrict access. This option isn’t overseen by an outside company, either, which can have its own advantages, but it also comes at a cost, such as the lack of tech support, overall flexibility, and the need to handle your own software and infrastructure needs.
Companies like Amazon and Google both offer public cloud solutions. Their many customers share the infrastructure and services they offer. One of the main advantages to this option is that it allows for easy scalability. In general, this is ideal for collaborative projects, like software development. It also provides you with a disaster recovery plan if you ever need an emergency backup. Although, one downside to consider is that public cloud solutions are vulnerable to platform changes by the provider, as well as additional cybersecurity concerns.
This model isn’t as popular. While this option is, in essence, a private cloud, it actually operates more like a public cloud due to the fact that it is shared between multiple organizations, often within related industries. The benefit of this is that these organizations often share similar security and regulatory concerns.
It differs from a public cloud in that it’s privately managed. This model can help to cut down on costs; however, sharing bandwidth simply isn’t practical for many businesses, not to mention that combined storage space raises cybersecurity issues.
As you might imagine, a hybrid cloud solution is a cross between public and private clouds, the hope being to unite the best of both worlds. This model allows the platforms to interact. If your company needs features from both models, a hybrid cloud is an ideal solution. Because these platforms are able to interact, you can transfer data between them.
The main benefit of a hybrid cloud solution is that it can be more cost efficient than other options, but there can also be cybersecurity and performance issues if you don’t work with an experienced cloud provider who fully understands this model.
The Types of Cloud Computing Services
Now that you have a better understanding of cloud deployment, let’s take a quick look at cloud computing services. Remember, some layers of cloud computing are more specialized than others, but they all rely on the same basic remote infrastructure.
1- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Platform as a Service is one of the more specialized cloud computing options. Essentially, it offers a framework to build, test, deploy, and manage software, as well as make any necessary updates. PaaS provides customers with development tools, which lowers their starting costs.
2- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service is generally considered the most flexible option, in part because it allows customers to customize virtual resources. IaaS is also an ideal choice for companies that need to prioritize cybersecurity.
3- Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a Service is the most commonly recognized option when it comes to cloud computing. This is a fully developed software solution that runs through web browsers, which means no installation is required. If you’re looking for more effective ways to grow your business, SaaS is a great option.
4- Function as a Service (FaaS)
Serverless computing, or FaaS, simplifies a customer’s ability to execute code. Additionally, functions automatically scale, which is particularly ideal for fluctuating workloads. This is because FaaS tends to be structured as a pay-as-you-go cloud computing option. Another top benefit of FaaS is that it can be deployed more quickly than other types of cloud computing services.
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