Cloud services run computing services through the cloud, also known as the Internet. This is different from traditional IT which computes through hardware and software locally.
Cloud computing can include databases, networks, servers, and other common services. And in most cases, you only pay for what you need and you can order services on demand. Doing so frees your company up to spend more money and attention on other areas, and scale services as you grow.
Companies can use cloud services for almost anything. Some of the more common cloud services include:
There are three ways to deliver cloud services and each one serves a different purpose. The type of cloud services you use depends on your business, your needs, and your budget. Here’s a look at each so you can better understand why each one is valuable:
Third-party cloud service providers own public clouds and “rent” them out to businesses. Each business pays a recurring fee for the software, infrastructure, or whatever they need. Businesses then use web browsers to access the services they pay for.
Individual businesses can own private clouds. Businesses can then host their private cloud themselves onsite, or pay a third party to host it for them. Either way, private cloud services are maintained through private networks.