GeekSpeak: Cloud Computing
Businesses of all sizes benefit greatly from Cloud Computing. The biggest advantage is you don’t need the knowledge necessary to develop or maintain the infrastructure, development environment or apps.
Because being able to outsource all of the housing and maintenance expenses provides real cost benefits to small businesses. (A handful of downsides will be presented and discussed this evening.)
Cloud computing is using web applications or server services that you pay to access rather than software or hardware you buy and install, as cloud computing encompasses more than web apps and data storage.
There are three categories of cloud computing:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides virtual infrastructure like servers & data storage space.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides development environment services where users create & run home-grown apps.
Software as a Service (SaaS) provides access to already created apps operating in the Cloud.
(Those who use cloud computing to access online accounting and payroll services are using SaaS.)
Cloud computing is not just some clever, catchy name – especially when you consider cloud to be a basic metaphor for the Internet.