What is the cloud?

The cloud is a global network of servers accessed via the internet, and it includes the application software and databases installed on those servers. The hardware and software are typically housed in a different location than the enterprise, shared among many users, and provided as a service. There are three basic types of cloud network: public, private, and hybrid.

What does the
cloud do?

The cloud takes computing from a local computer or server and moves it to a server usually managed and maintained by someone else.

  • Public – Major organizations such as AWS or Google offer cloud services to any organization, providing resources to back up data, centralize computing, extend internal resources, and protect against a disaster or cybersecurity attack.
  • Private – A private cloud network is also referred to as an internal or corporate cloud. It offers services to specific users within a particular organization rather than everyone.
  • Hybrid – A hybrid cloud combines private and public cloud networks, keeping them distinct. Cloud services are often used on-demand to extend limited in-house computing capacity.

    What are the benefits of using the cloud?

    Many organizations today are moving to the cloud for the multiple benefits it offers:

    • Reduces IT infrastructure costs
    • Gets applications running faster
    • Requires less maintenance
    • Scales quickly under peak demand
    • Backs up data offsite to enhance cybersecurity