What is Cloud Computing?

I get asked a lot about cloud computing and a lot of the questions are “what is cloud computing?”. So here is my answer to that question, which I have tried to make as simple as possible. Cloud Computing:
Data centers that are online for public use of shared resources. These resources such as storage, networking, compute etc. are available on-demand.
A data center is a collection of computers on a network that provides computing and storage services. Networking, storage and compute power are generally referred to as resources, which a cloud provider makes available online for anyone to use (rent). It could be a public cloud or it could be a private cloud. As the names suggest, “public” means the cloud resources are open for anyone to use while “private” means the cloud resources are meant specifically for an entity. A lot of big companies operate a private cloud model or a hybrid cloud model. A hybrid cloud model simply means public cloud resources are linked with private cloud resources. Cloud providers (Amazon which provides Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google which provides Google Cloud Platform (GCP) [here’s a link to an article I wrote about GCP some time ago], Microsoft which provides Azure) charge on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Basically this means you only pay for what you use and you do not have to pay in advance for resources. Get more information about cloud computing here Photo by panumas nikhomkhai from Pexels

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