What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is a phrase that perplexes most people. It seems like a simple enough concept, but different sources provide different definitions, leaving many of us confused as to what it really is.

What it is:

Cloud computing is a broad term that incorporates Hardware as a Service (Haas), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Within those services, businesses can offer versatile and scalable monthly programs for:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Anti-spam
  • Storage servers

Most providers concur that cloud computing always offers three things:

  1. On-demand services with monthly or set pricing.
  2. Flexibility to scale services as necessary.
  3. The consumer simply needs a computer and Internet access to use the service or program.

The complexity of cloud computing can scare people away, but it is a tool that always uses the power of the Internet to provide products and services to consumers. If you’d like more information on cloud computing, you should check out this InfoWorld article.