Cloud Services

What are cloud services?

The term “cloud services” refers to a wide range of services delivered to companies and customers over the Internet. These services make it easy for your employees to have access to various business applications and information. Whether they’re aware of it, from checking email to collaborating on documents, most employees use cloud services throughout the workday. Cloud computing vendors and service providers fully manage services provided through cloud computing. You don’t have to host applications on your servers. Instead, they can be accessed from the servers of a cloud service provider.

How are cloud services delivered?

It would help if you decided how to leverage the cloud. It could be a public cloud, a private cloud, or both. Services that a provider makes available to numerous customers over the web are called public cloud services. The service providers noted above are all providing cloud-based services. Cloud services are precious because they let organizations share resources at scale, which allows them to offer employees more capabilities than they could afford if they had to rely on physical servers and storage. Services that a provider does not make generally available to corporate users or subscribers are referred to as private cloud services.

The private cloud model is a common method of providing web hosting services. Data and applications are provided through the organization’s own internal infrastructure. As a result, you don’t have to give away all of your intellectual property. Companies dealing with sensitive data often use private clouds to leverage advanced security protocols and increase their resources. These companies include hospitals, banks, insurance firms, and pharmaceutical companies. A private cloud solution is combined with public cloud services in a hybrid cloud solution. This model is often used when an organization needs to store sensitive data in the private cloud. Still, employees need to access applications and resources in the public cloud for everyday communication and collaboration. Proprietary software is used to connect multiple cloud services.

What types of cloud services are there?

Cloud Service Models

There are three basic types of cloud services:

1.  Software as a Service (SaaS)
The most widely recognized type of cloud service is the so-called Software-as-a-Service or SaaS. This broad category encompasses a variety of services, including file storage and backup, web-based email, and project management tools. Examples of Cloud Service Providers are Dropbox, Google Suite, Microsoft Office 365, Slack, etc.

2. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
It would be best if you had an infrastructure to provide the infrastructure for running the cloud services you use, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. It’s software that lets you run your web applications and databases on the cloud without worrying about installing and maintaining the technology yourself. These service providers maintain all of the storage servers and networking equipment, and they may also offer additional services such as load balancing, firewall, and web application security. Many well-known SaaS providers run on IaaS platforms, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and VMware Cloud.

3. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
With its new cloud computing model called platform as a service, or PaaS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) lets developers build applications on a shared web hosting infrastructure. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is an on-demand service that provides a platform and operating system, and programming language so that software developers can create their cloud-based applications. Many IaaS vendors offer PaaS capabilities, including the examples listed above.

What are the benefits of cloud services?

Key advantages of using cloud services include:

  • The ability to scale

Because the cloud service provider supplies all necessary resources and software, a company can save money by not investing in resources and additional staff. In addition, this makes it easy for you to scale your business as your users’ needs change. Whether that means adding more licenses to support a growing staff or expanding and enhancing the applications themselves, you’ll get all of your work done in no time.

  • Lowered costs

Some cloud services are provided on a monthly or annual subscription basis, eliminating purchasing on-premises software licenses. By using this cloud-based computing model, organizations can access software, storage, and other services without investing in the underlying infrastructure or handling maintenance and upgrades.

  • Increased flexibility

Cloud services give companies the ability to purchase services on an on-demand basis. There are a couple of ways to end an app. First, if the business is still active, but there is no longer a need for that particular application, the business can cancel the subscription and shut down the service.

What’s the future of cloud services?

With cloud computing becoming more prevalent, its applications are expanding as well. On-premises software deployments will continue to simplify how organizations deliver mission-critical apps and data to the workforce. In just a few short years, cloud-based services have transformed the way people work and businesses operate. There are many different cloud-based services to choose from, from application delivery to desktop virtualization solutions and beyond.

AppViewX solutions for cloud services

When using AppViewX ADC, it’s easy to deploy virtual machines, application software, or your data. It’s what works best for your business. You may be looking for a way to keep business-critical apps in your private cloud or move them to multiple public cloud services. Still, you may be worried about the security and performance of these different cloud environments. To support many hundreds or thousands of people, organizations need to be able to do so securely—even if those people are in other locations.