Cloud computing  is the on-demand availability of computer system resources , especially data storage cloud storage and computing power , without direct active management by the user. If the connection to the user is relatively close, it may be designated an edge server. Clouds may be limited to a single organization enterprise clouds   , or be available to multiple organizations public cloud. Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale. Advocates of public and hybrid clouds note that cloud computing allows companies to avoid or minimize up-front IT infrastructure costs. Proponents also claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and that it enables IT teams to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable demand,    providing the burst computing capability: high computing power at certain periods of peak demand. Cloud providers typically use a "pay-as-you-go" model, which can lead to unexpected operating expenses if administrators are not familiarized with cloud-pricing models. The availability of high-capacity networks, low-cost computers and storage devices as well as the widespread adoption of hardware virtualization , service-oriented architecture and autonomic and utility computing has led to growth in cloud computing. Cloud computing was popularized with Amazon. References to the phrase "cloud computing" appeared as early as , with the first known mention in a Compaq internal document.
Top benefits of cloud computing
Enable smarter decision making across your organization
You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping you lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change. Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. Here are seven common reasons organizations are turning to cloud computing services:. Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site datacenters—the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling, and the IT experts for managing the infrastructure. It adds up fast. Most cloud computing services are provided self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning. The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
Fully control where your data is stored at all times
The promise of the cloud is fast and cheap infrastructure, but that needs also be balanced with security and control. All cloud providers offer API integration to their services; Amazon has a vast array of services and completely documented APIs and even a Ruby SDK , making the work of creating integration with these services fairly easy—if you have the right tools. We created a series of handlers that are true to the API call, then assembled them in a task tree in the Kinetic Task workflow automation engine. This includes creating a security role, security policy, an instance profile, a virtual private cloud, subnet, internet gateway, creating and populating a route table, a secure certificate for logging on to the new server, creating a network interface…and finally starting up a new server instance. And of those 45 seconds, 35 of them are waiting for the server to be available. Can your IaaS do that?
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