Questions you always wanted to ask about the Cloud Computing Foundation
Public interest in cloud computing is on the rise as well. This is mostly due to the emergence of cloud-driven entertainment and/or storage services (like those offered by Amazon). As a result of this increased interest, there are significant lapses in public understanding of what cloud computing is, what it does, how it works, who can benefit from using it, and even the many ways in which it can be used.
First off, what is the cloud computing foundation? No, it’s not a group created to further the concepts of cloud computing, it’s a compendium of the elements and applications of cloud computing. In other words, the cloud computing foundation is meant to provide someone with a more thorough understanding of the components / types of cloud computing, how they interact with one another, the benefits gained, and how it might be used in the real world.
- How many types of cloud computing are there? There are a nearly infinite number of ways that cloud computing technologies and concepts can be implemented (even in non-cloud environments). However, there are really only three types of cloud computing services, or infrastructures. They are IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS. Each of these service types represents increased or decreased levels of offered hardware, software and/or architecture; with varying levels of involvement from the actual service provider as well.
- Why isn’t use of cloud computing more widespread? The adoption of cloud computing will take time; there are hardware, software and operational costs that must also considered (as with any other IT solution). Currently, cloud computing has however been adopted by a great number of businesses, educational institutions and governmental organizations and is proving itself in those fields. Widespread adoption of cloud computing will most likely occur; it’s just a matter of time.
- How difficult is it to transition to the cloud? Much has been said and written about the inherent difficulties of transitioning to cloud computing, but most of it is out of date. Moving to the cloud is becoming even easier thanks to the large number of standalone apps and cloud services that many businesses have began integrating into their current systems. In other words, making the switch to cloud computing is easily manageable if it is done in a controlled manner, whereby components are added piece by piece.