Cloud computing is an advancement in technology that allows users to store and access data and programs over the internet instead of on a hard drive. It is more accessible and easier to use than traditional hardware, and it helps companies stay at the forefront of technology. One subset of cloud computing, cloud hosting, is another method to help companies that gives users the option of using virtual servers to provide hosting solutions.
With cloud computing, there are multiple types of services. Software as a Service (SaaS) programs include programs such as Salesforce, Google Apps, and GoToMeeting. Software is hosted on a remote server and is always accessible through an internet browser. For companies that need to create software, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) lets developers concentrate on software building without dealing with updates, operating systems, and storage. And Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivers cloud computing infrastructure like servers, a network, and operating systems. Organizations can buy resources as a service on demand.
For more information about cloud computing, and how it works, check out the infographic below. And to learn about the benefits of working from the cloud, read our free ebook, “How to Jumpstart Your Journey to the Cloud.”