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Welcome to Part Two of the Part-Two series on cloud computing technology. Part One focused on what cloud computing is, along with its various forms and a slight review of its benefits. Here, we’ll be discussing the different types of cloud computing in detail, and branching out on the benefits previously discussed. Let’s get down to it. 

Types of Cloud Computing, by Definition: 

Let’s not forget that, as previously mentioned in Part One of this series, there are a diverse range of cloud computing technologies out there. For now, we’ll be focusing on the main models highlighted in Cloud Computing – Part One

Platform as a Service (PaaS) 

If you need a cloud computing service that supplies an environment to build, test and deliver software applications, this is the option for you. 

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 

IaaS is the foundation for cloud I.T. and great if you require access to storage, networks and operating systems, etc. 

Software as a Service (SaaS) 

SaaS is a great option if you are looking for a complete product that is operated and managed by the service provider. These are typically supplied on a pay-as-you-go basis, and ensure that you no longer have to worry about maintenance, security patching, software updates, etc. 

Serverless Computing 

Serverless computing is considered a massive improvement, as it allows developers to build applications at a quicker speed by removing the need to maintain infrastructure. The name “serverless” is derived from the fact that, while servers still operate the code, tasks relating to infrastructure, management and provisioning are hidden in the eyes of the developer. Your cloud service provider will handle the setup, capacity and server management required to operate the code. Serverless builds are extremely adaptable and event-driven. 

What Can Cloud Computing Do for Me? 

Now that the intricacies are out of the way, let’s talk about how these cloud computing technologies can really benefit you. These are just some of the range of benefits to adopting cloud computing services:

  • Store, Back up and Recover Data 

Cloud computing systems allow you to explore a more cost-effective way of securing your data at a large scale. This is done by allowing you to transfer your data across the Internet and relocate it to an offsite cloud storage system which you can retrieve from anywhere in the world, and from any device.

  • Build – and Test – Applications 

These technologies allow you to reduce application development timing and cost by utilising infrastructures which are easily able to be scaled up and/or down.

  • Implanting Intelligence 

Cloud computing allows for the use of intelligent models which assist in customer engagement and provide insight from the captured data.

  • Stream Video and Audio 

You can connect with your audience from anywhere in the world, at any given time, with globally distributed video and audio technology.

  • Dispatch On-Demand Software 

SaaS (see above) on-demand software allows you the opportunity to offer the newest software updates and versions to your clients. 

Cloud computing continues to astound the media, business and information technology sectors with its innovative technological pursuits. As everything continues to migrate to the “cloud,” it’s almost inevitable for businesses and organisations to conform to the cloud segment. In this day and age, every organisation requires cloud computing facilities to maintain its everyday business activities. 

Are you still uncertain of which cloud computing technology suits your business? Do you need more information regarding cloud computing software? Contact F1 Connect by calling 021 940 7272 or emailing info@f1tech.co.za 

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