The driving force behind the conversations is the efficiency with which users can assemble software, stacks of databases, Web servers, operating systems, storage, and networking in a cloud environment.
Rapid advancements have led to some confusion of terms and definitions. This simple this glossary of Cloud Computing terms and key benefits may help lift the fog:
- Cloud Computing: Provides users access to IT-related capabilities (infrastructure and/or applications) “as a service” without regard for the underlying technology or physical hardware. Inherent in this solution is a high level of resiliency and variable capacity.
- On Demand: One of the primary advantages of using the cloud is the ability to access resources as you need them, including processing power, of memory, network bandwidth, and gigabytes of storage.
- Cloud Server: A “server” is simply an operating system leveraging the pool of CPU and Ram resources available from the underlying physical hardware also referred to as a virtual server.
- Virtual: Is a process by which multiple operating systems (servers) run on a single piece of hardware or physical server
- Affordable: Cloud computing services are purchased subscription style, with users paying only for what they use. No capital outlay for servers, storage devices or staffing to keep systems running is required.
- Flexible Capacity: This flexible capacity is a key difference between cloud computing and traditional outsourcing and hosted datacenters. Clouds, such as provided by InterVision, gives clients access to essentially “unlimited capacity on demand.
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