What is Cloud Computing? It is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the Internet. Cloud computing enables companies to consume compute resources as a utility, rather than having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in-house. Cloud computing services can be private, public or hybrid. Private cloud services are delivered from within a business. Public cloud a third-party provides the services over the internet. Customers pay for storage, bandwidth and CPU cycles they use. Hybrid cloud is a combination of private and public cloud services.
Three main benefits of cloud computing include:
- Self-service provisioning: End users can spin up computing resources for almost any type of workload on-demand.
- Elasticity: Companies can scale up as computing needs increase and then scale down again as demands decrease.
- Pay per use: Computing resources are measured at a granular level, allowing users to pay only for the resources and workloads they use.
Cloud computing is divided in to three broad service categories:
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