What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the Internet. These services include databases, storage, servers, security, networking, applications, analytics, and more. In many modern companies, cloud computing has replaced on-premises hardware with hardware, often virtual, that runs in "the cloud."
There are 3 types of cloud computing platforms:
- Public cloud: This is the most common type of cloud computing platform. Third-party service providers own the cloud resources and deliver them over the internet.
- Private cloud: This type of cloud platform is owned by one business. It can be hosted on-site or with a third-party service provider, but the network is always private and the hardware and software are dedicated to the business.
- Hybrid cloud: A hybrid cloud can be a computing environment combining a private cloud with a public cloud and allows interaction between the two environments. It can also reference the use of an organizations relying on two distinct public cloud vendors.