Cloud isn't a fad. It's here to stay, and it's changing the way we work.
What Does “Cloud” Mean?
Cloud computing is the header name given to technologies that distribute computing resources over a network allowing many different computers to connect virtually at the same time.
The core of cloud computing is multi-tenancy. Multi-tenancy allows one single server to distribute and serve multiple organizations, or tenants. This allows service providers to provide cloud computing resources to multiple organizations while keeping each organization’s resources safe and secure. Multi-tenancy is what enables cloud computing to be more economical and efficient as a whole. These resources are often provided in the form of Virtual Datacenters.
By sharing resources and virtualizing previously physical infrastructures cloud computing enables businesses and providers to share resources in order to achieve economies of scale, thereby lowering initial costs. Because cloud lowers the number of physical IT resources used, the cost of maintaining those physical pieces is reduced or eliminated and the overall overhead of a company’s IT department can be reduced.
IaaS vs. SaaS vs. PaaS vs. RaaS
Cloud service providers typically offer services that fall into four categories: IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and RaaS.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service, commonly referred to as IaaS, is a service model in which providers offer information technology infrastructure to end users using a distributed cloud model. IaaS allows users to leverage self-service, agility, automation and flexibility to make quick decisions about their ever-changing workloads. Rather than having to maintain their internal physical systems, IT teams are able to focus on their core business and driving revenue, bettering the bottom-line.
Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, is a software distribution model in which the software is available to consumers through a distributed model, rather than an individual installation model from a physical piece of technology. Consumers use the software from their own devices and the software itself is hosted in a multi-tenant server, virtually.
Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS, is the cloud model that provides a platform to its users. The end-user is responsible for the software in this model and the service provider is just responsible for the platform, including the networks, servers and storage. PaaS does not require providers to provision hosting capabilities.
Recovery-as-a-Service, commonly referred to as RaaS, is the latest “as-a-service” cloud computing model. RaaS leverages the cloud service model to provide holistic application protection for both cloud and internally hosted workloads. Users are able to protect and recover their important applications with self-service modules and a simple software installation that doesn’t require agents or a re-boot. This offers more efficient recovery times at a more cost effective price point compared to legacy recovery solutions.
Cloud Adoption and the Shift to Cloud
Cloud adoption continues to speed ahead as its practical applications in reducing long-term costs and increasing agility filter through new industries and companies each day.
The shift a company experiences as it embraces cloud is more than changing out hardware; it’s a shift in the distribution model and the culture of the company.
By embracing cloud the company is embracing a more service-model for IT’s role in the company. By shifting to cloud, IT expenses are more easily distributed throughout the business and it places more responsibility and control in the hands of the application owners.
IT simply enables the distribution of resources and can put controls in place to ensure operational efficiency and protocol. In order to enjoy all the benefits of cloud, IT must be comfortable enabling self-service access to the resources and ability for users and IT admins to quickly deploy new environments. Cost tracking is much easier with cloud, which allows for chargeback, or showback, to business units for their resources consumed.
Bluelock is a leading provider of IaaS and RaaS cloud computing solutions. Focused on solving enterprise needs, Bluelock has award-winning experience providing innovative solutions to companies of all sizes. They don’t provide a one-size-fits-all cloud solution because they believe your cloud strategy should be as different as your product is from the competition’s.
Bluelock will help your company architect a holistic cloud strategy that will evaluate your applications and workloads, find each the right-size environment to be housed in, which may mean hosting it internally. Bluelock will also help you assess your risk for each application and help you determine the best way to protect and recover that application.