What is Cloud Computing?

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You may have heard the term cloud computing or ‘the Cloud,’ but could you describe what it is? There are so many definitions flying around that you wouldn’t be alone if you struggled to define it. Cloud computing is simply a set of pooled computing resources and services delivered over the web. If you were to diagram the relationships between all the elements it would resemble a cloud.

Cloud computing involves the interaction of several virtualized resources. Cloud servers connect and share information based on the level of traffic across the entire network. Cloud computing is often provided “as a service” over the Internet, typically in the form of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS).

Cloud computing can eliminate the need to raise the capital to purchase, manage, maintain, and scale the physical infrastructure required to handle drastic traffic fluctuations. These traits of cloud computing—elasticity, flexibility, and efficiency—allow organizations to focus on promoting their sites and services without needing to constantly monitor traffic fluctuations. The scaling is built in to the solution! Engineering for peak traffic becomes a thing of the past.

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