Taking Off – The basics of Cloud Computing
What is the Cloud? The Cloud is a metaphor for the Internet. But, very specific use of the Internet. Cloud computing usually refers to meeting the computing needs of a business, organization, municipality, and governmental entities by way of Internet-based computing.
Internet-based computing is composed of services offered through the Internet. Services like servers, data storage, and applications (software). These services are delivered from the Internet to an organization’s Internet-connected devices.
Utilizing the benefits of the Cloud an I.T. department can remove the burden of equipment purchases, equipment maintenance, data storage, and application maintenance from their workload bypassing the things off to Cloud Computing providers.
A business’s workforce could be completely mobile, relying on the Cloud to provide the applications and their associated data through a simple Internet connection. In a future-thinking way, the meaning of all this to business and government is huge. Think about the IT overhead of a company being drastically reduced or eliminated or the savings we as taxpayers in the USA would realize if most of our Federal and State computing services and data services were Cloud-based.
In this series of articles, I plan to discuss several aspects of Cloud Computing in a succinct manner. I’ll try to keep what I say as understandable as possible with apologies to the non-techy readers who must put up with some unavoidable technical language.
At Codepal we take advantage of many of the services offered through the Cloud. Our Cloud vendor of choice is Microsoft’s Azure. In a future article, I’ll discuss Azure and how Codepal uses it to make your workload easier so you can provide more services and safety to the public.
At the bottom of each article, you will find active links to previous articles and inactive links to upcoming articles. You can use this area as a sort of index to articles about the Cloud.
Future articles will include: Azure Basics, How Codepal Uses the Cloud, Internet of Things, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and many others – not quite in that order.
I hope this short article has whetted your appetite and you find yourself hungry for more information about the Cloud.