A Cloud and now?
What does Cloud actually mean?
In principle, this describes only a term, not a physical measure. It stands for a global network of servers, which all have their own functions. The Cloud is a giant network of remote servers, connected globally in order to function as one big ecosystem. These servers are designated to store and manage data. More applications can be carried out, contents or services like video streaming, web mail or many others can be provided.
Therefore, you do not access your files and data locally or on a personal computer any more, but can obtain it online from every web-enabled device – making your data available to you always and anywhere.
What Clouds are there?
There are different methods to provide Cloud resources.
- On the one hand, there is the Public Cloud, as already often used in a private environment. It makes resources available and offers public online services, like for example Google Drive, Dropbox etc.
- On the other hand, there is the Private Cloud, which is not freely accessible and offers services in a private, internal network, which is usually hosted locally, like NAS. It can be managed in a company’s own computer centre or by a third party.
- Additionally, there is a Hybrid Cloud, which releases services between public and private Clouds depending on their purpose and the user’s needs.
- Finally, there is the Community Cloud, which releases data between organisations and this way unites a small group of users with similar interests.
What fits my company?
In Cloud Computing, three so-called Cloud Service Levels, which are built up on each other, are differentiated:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
We would be pleased to recommend you the most suitable solution for your case.
PaaS = Plattform as a Service
Cloud platform with additional services
IaaS = Infrastructur as a Service
Software installation & maintenance is up to the user
SaaS = Software as a Service
The all-round carefree package