What is Cloud Computing and Shoud You Use it?

Cloud computing is an important way of bringing massive computer power to companies through three types of services which are: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It is technology capabilities offered as a service which allows a user to not have to buy technology or run it his or herself. A user may have some control over configuration settings, but does not need to manage the network, servers, operating systems, or storage.

SaaS: users do not need to manage operating systems and can focus on databases and applications.

PaaS: entire software environment is run at an ISP.

Iaas: virtual services which users are able to run software which he or she would have control over operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and maybe some control over networking components.

These services are deployed in various ways; including: private cloud, community cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud. Private cloud would be a single organization with many users, and may be owned by that organization. Community clouds may be owned by many organization that share common goals and requirements.

Public clouds may encompass the usage of the general public operated by single organization, For example, an academic institution. Hybrid clouds would include clouds comprised of two or more varying types of clouds that share infrastructures enabling the exchange of information in a standardized fashion; however, each organization would stand alone.

What is a benefit of using Cloud Computing for your company?

Cloud computing may reduce or eliminate costs associated with maintaining large  IT departments, because there would be less need for devices and space to house the devices.       All three of these services are used in companies today. We use various types of software that allow us to get links for our network.

The software is hosted through the developer which saves us the time and money to develop it ourselves. We also use plug-ins and extensions on these sites which we have full control over the settings, but we do not have to worry about the network or servers to make the plug-in or extension run.

What is the drawback of Cloud Computing?

The obvious drawback is security concerns. Latency may also be an issue because connection may not be fast enough to transfer large scale media. Also, once an organization or user becomes reliant on cloud computing the ability to perform almost all operating functions heavily depends on infrastructure being operational; meaning, if the infrastructure is down then so are you.

The biggest drawback or cloud computing is the lack of security with these tools. If they do not stay updated to the newest versions at all times, they are more subjected to being hacked. If any of our sites get hacked, the hacker can get access to customer information or company information that is very private. Another problem with cloud computing is the fact that we have to rely on the developers network at all times. If for some reason their network goes down, our site could go down with it or our site can be messed up with can cost us customers.


Derrick Quealiany is a writer for various blogs. He has a degree in english and loves to read in his spare time. He is also an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish. Check out his work on email marketing and getresponse

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