What is Cloud Services?
In comparison to being installed on the system or network server of a customer, cloud services are an umbrella term for any service that is provided via the internet. Networking, data storage, e-commerce platforms, and productivity tools, such as email, are common cloud services. A hosting service provider or managed service provider like United Private Cloud typically provides cloud-based services.
Cloud services generally fall into one of these three broad categories of cloud computing:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides servers and storage
- Platform as a Service (PaaS), such as Microsoft® Azure®, which enables companies to develop and deploy apps
- Software as a Service (SaaS), such as Microsoft Office 365®, which facilitates collaboration between remote team members
Nearly 50 percent of businesses that took part in a North Bridge survey have a business strategy that is cloud-first or cloud-only, and 40 percent of them receive at least half of their revenue from cloud-based applications. Overall, nearly 80 percent of enterprises generate some cloud revenue.
Why Use Cloud Services?
- Cost-effective: Stay competitive without having to invest in an expensive data center in the global marketplace. Usually, cloud technology platforms are far more economical than the design, maintenance, and operation of your own data center.
- Agile: It’s easier to add new managed servers, storage, and other IT resources than if you run your own data center.
- Efficient and Scalable: When you need them, access the tools that you need. As required, cloud-based services such as email hosting, productivity apps, and e-commerce platforms can be scaled up or down easily and quickly.
- Flexible: On-demand, an abundance of IT assets may be available, including support, multiple clouds, and data-crunching supercomputers.