THE CLOUD FOR NOOBS IN 600 WORDS OR LESS....

Let's start with the basics

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DEFINITIONS

The Cloud - Cloud computing (The Cloud), is the delivery of on-demand computing resources including everything from applications to data over the internet on a pay-for-use basis.

SaaS  - Software as a service (SaaS) lets people like me and you subscribe and use application software in the cloud.

Examples of The Cloud software that I have used include:

  • Adobe creative cloud - I thought I’d try my hand at graphic design – didn’t quite work out, hence the use of bitmojis…
  • iCloud - I’m sure we’re all thankful for this piece of software for being the gateway to excessive photos and  app data.
  •  Amazon Cloud storage - I don’t actually use it although I have an Amazon prime account. If I did use it, then that will be the final nail in the coffin for my membership of the once almighty Apple ecosystem.
  • Microsoft One Drive – I only use this for university work as it is linked to my university email address, now I’m not obliged to carry my very fragile MacBook to work on assignments on campus!
  •  Google drive – It’s basically One Drive but for Google, I stopped using it when I discovered One Drive – I very rarely use my Gmail account.

The Cloud is in fact one of the fastest growing areas in technology, you probably engage with The Cloud software on a daily basis.

Let's talk business 

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The Cloud software goes WAY beyond personal use for the average individual, it turns out they’re a huge deal for businesses. Now this is the part where this blog post gets real interesting! Here are some Cloud computing software mainly used by businesses.

PaaS - Without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware, software, provisioning, and hosting, Platform as a service (PaaS) provides a Cloud based environment with all that is required to support the complete lifecycle of building and developing web based (Cloud) applications.

An example of a PaaS software is IBM’s Bluemix – which gives businesses the power to create, deploy and manage mobile and web applications. Using IBM Bluemix will also give you access to the other IBM Cloud tools and services such as data analytics.

Some key benefits of PaaS

  •  Develop applications and get to market faster.
  •  Deploy new web applications to the cloud in minutes.
  • Reduce complexity with middleware as a service.

IaaS – Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) delivers computing resources including servers, networking, storage, and data centre space on a pay-per-use basis to businesses.

I’m actually doing the research for this as I’m writing this post, I have just come across Amazon Web Services which is an IaaS software! It turns out Amazon is more than just a consumer led ecommerce giant. With Amazon Web Services, you can build sophisticated applications from game development to mobile services, holy sh*t Amazon is bigger than I thought…

Some key benefits of IaaS

  • No need to invest in your own hardware.
  • Infrastructure scales on demand to support dynamic workloads.
  • Flexible, innovative services available on demand.

Tech is everywhere!

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This is all starting to sound a bit tech heavy, but this is the direction our macro and micro environment is shifting to. It is important people involved in business begin to understand these technologies, especially if you want to prove your worth to the company and not get replaced by someone who is knowledgeable about technology.