An Overview of Cloud Computing Solutions


5 Types of Cloud Services

Overview of Cloud Computing Services

 

 

Cloud Computing Services is the techology of the future and is truly faciliating the way a company's mobile workforce is conducing business. Cloud solutions allow businesses to forgo the upfront costs of building a local data center by outsourcing the vital services needed to run, maintain, and grow the change to your business' Cloud based infrastructure.

To help understand the different offerings in Cloud Computing Services, we review five types of cloud solutions and the advantages they bring to a business and what is required to implement each service.

 

SaaS (Software as a Service)

The capability provided to the customer is to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible from various client devices through either a thin client interface such as a web browser (e.g., web-based email), or a program interface. The customer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities, with the possible exception of limited user specific application configuration settings.

What are the advantages of using SaaS for a business?

Reduced IT support costs (no hardware or software maintenance costs) Reduced IT capital expenditure (no hardware to buy and replace) Scalable Solution - Increase application usage without additional hardware costs. Utilization growth is readily delivered with a linear, predictable cost. Advanced Feature Sets. Gain access to advanced software feature sets that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to all but large enterprises. Reduced time-to-benefit. SaaS software benefits can be realized in a fraction of the time (and cost) that it would otherwise take to deploy the same functionality in-house.

What is required to use SaaS?

Connection to service provider via a secure Internet connection (VPN, Web SSL, MPLS, etc) Certain SaaS solutions are delivered via a program interface that runs on customer equipment.

 

PaaS (Platform as a Service)

The capability provided to the customer is to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure customer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages, libraries, services, and tools supported by the provider. The customer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications/data and possibly configuration settings for the application-hosting environment.

What are the advantages of using PaaS for a business?

Allows business to focus on applications and not underlying hardware,OS, middleware. Flexbility of PaaS enhances agile software development methodologies. Reduced cost/complexity since customer does not maintain underlying OS/middleware.

What is required to use PaaS?

Connection to service provider via a secure Internet connection (VPN, Web SSL, MPLS, etc).

 

IaaS (Infrastrucutre as a Service)

The capability provided to the customer is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the customer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software including operating systems and applications. The customer maintains and has control over operating systems, local storage, and deployed applications/data.

What are the advantages of using IaaS for a business?

No large physical hardware (Capex) expenditures needed. Alleviates customer of complex capacity planning activities. Maximum flexibility. Customer has total control over OS/application installation, configuration and management. Pay per use. Customer chooses/pays only for the level of performance needed. Rapid deployment of new server instances. Scalable. Customer can quickly scale up/out server,storage,network capacity as needed. Changes the cost from Capital expense (Capex) to Opex (Operational expense) for an enterprise. Predictable, consistent cost for compute resources. Easy add-on/utilization of other cloud provider offerings (SaaS, Backup-as-a-Service, DisasterRecovery-as-a-Service)

What is required to use IaaS?

Connection to service provider via a secure Internet connection (VPN, Web SSL, MPLS, etc.)

 

DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

The capability provided to the customer is the replication and hosting of customer's server infrastructure to a geographically separate datacenter. Upon a customer declared failover event the customer's server infrastructure will begin operating out of the geographically separate datacenter in a minimal timeframe, ensuring continued business operations.

What are the advantages of using DRaaS for a business?

Minimal business operations downtime in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Every hour of business impact means lost revenue. Traditional backup methods can protect data, but in the event of a disaster there may be no functioning server infrastructure available on which backups can be restored. DRaaS solves this problem. Eliminates the cost associated with establishing/maintaining a traditional private DR facility. Minimal data loss in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Scalable. DR capability grows with your business without additional CapEx cost.

What is required to use DRaaS?

Connection to service provider via a secure Internet connection (VPN, Web SSL, MPLS, etc.) Compatible production virtual server infrastructure (customer on-premises or Meriplex cloud).

 

BaaS (Backup as a Service)

The capability provided to the customer is to backup data that resides in the customers computing environment (either in the Meriplex IaaS cloud or on customer premesis equipment) to Meriplex's secure remote BaaS environment. Backup operations occur within a secure connection between the data source and remote BaaS environment. The customer has control to performing or monitor backup/restore operations through a self-service portal.

What are the advantages of using BaaS for a business?

Ease of management (on demand, self-service backup/restore portal) Off premises backup storage. Scalable backup capacity. Scalable backup retention length. Reduced administrative effort. (No tape rotation, troubleshooting, replacement) No offsite tape storage service costs. Restore individual files or restore entire machine (image based backup)

What is required to use BaaS?

Connection to service provider via a secure Internet connection (VPN, Web SSL, MPLS, etc. Can replace existing local customer premises tape/disk backup devices.

 

For more information about Cloud Computing Services and which solutions may be right for your business, call 281-404-2300 or email sales@meriplex.com. With the unique ability to provide global turnkey cloud computing solutions, Houston based Meriplex is the experienced partner for Enterprise businesses in need of a total or hybrid cloud solution.

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