Cloud Computing; Definition, Types & Uses

Cloud Computing; Definition, Types & Uses

No one can deny that high-performance computing as a service makes it easier and more affordable to access dedicated, smart computing and reach higher analytics capabilities. So, you can make faster decisions, which are more accurate as well, and reduce time to discover the potential insights into your business.

A few years ago, we had to carry hard disk drives, floppies, and USBs to access our stored files. Yet, times have changed, cloud computing has revolutionized the way enterprises scale, manage, and process a huge number of applications and derive value from big data analytics. Whereas, cloud computing powers a shared IT infrastructure and reliable internet connection to enable companies to use multiple apps, solve workload challenges efficiently from anywhere, any device, and for sure reduce computing costs. Let’s dive deep into cloud computing to learn more about its advantages, and why you should consider embracing this paradigm shift.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a technology that enables the reusability of IT resources for storing large databases, developing and hosting a huge number of applications, expanding computational power, and other services on demand. Eliminating or reducing investments on large-scale infrastructure and software, coupled with the pay-per-use model, significantly reduces IT costs.

There are many computing techniques, which have helped enterprises to achieve additional computing and storage capabilities. Whether you use cloud computing to run applications that share photos to millions of mobile users or to support business-critical operations, a cloud services platform provides rapid access to flexible and low cost IT resources. By using a cloud server enterprises don’t need to make large upfront investments in hardware and spend a lot of time on the heavy lifting of managing that hardware. Instead, they can access as many resources as they need, almost instantly, and only pay for what they use.

How Does Cloud Computing Work?

Cloud computing is the smartest way to have access to servers, storage, databases, and a broad set of application services over the Internet. Cloud computing refers to sharing resources, software, and information through an Internet connection. Data are stored on physical - or virtual - servers, which are maintained by a cloud computing provider. Then, users, individuals or business cloud computing users, access the stored information on the ‘cloud’, via an Internet connection. Cloud services providers own and maintain the network-connected hardware required for all the application services, while you – as a cloud computing user- use and pay only for what you need via a web application.

Types of Cloud Computing

 Cloud Computing has three main categories of services:

1-            Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Virtualized infrastructure is offered to businesses by external cloud providers where companies can outsource for servers, storage, database space, and cloud networking components connected through the internet. It offers similar functionality as that of on-premises infrastructure. Here, the service provider is responsible for building the servers and storage, networking firewalls/ security, and the physical data center.


2-            Platform as a Service (PaaS)

The PaaS enables cloud users to install and host data sets, development tools, and business analytics applications, apart from building and maintaining necessary hardware. Cloud vendors deliver computing resources, cloud software and hardware infrastructure components including, middleware and operating systems required to develop and test applications.


3-      Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS incorporates both (IaaS) and (Paas) services, as the cloud service provider delivers the entire software suite as a pay-per-use model. It lets users easily access software applications -- such as emails -- over the internet. The most common examples of SaaS are Microsoft Office 360, AppDynamics, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Google G Suite.

Cloud Supercomputing at HPCC – KAU

At HPCC – KAU, we believe that businesses are struggling to manage large and complex data sets and parallel tasks. In the light of machine and deep learning opportunities and increasing HPC workloads, we are ready to serve you by making your data ready for AI, qualifying quick discoveries and bringing business analytics to the landscape. We understand the need for well-accelerated infrastructure, in which companies own their data without limitations in the cloud.

Whether you need the power of computing, look for database storage, worry about networking and content delivery, or other functionality, our team of experts is striving to simplify the journey with maximizing flexibility, scalability, and productivity. Running HPC in the cloud enables practical scaling to larger numbers of parallel tasks, so you can control your infrastructure, applications, data, and machine learning capabilities keeping them in a highly controlled and secured environment. That way, you could be able to enhance products and services, and power prosperity for your clients around the world. Check our Customized Hardware Services to know how to get the best benefit for your business.