Can you believe that in 2018 there are still CIOs (Chief Information Officers) that are puzzled by cloud computing?
In large part, this is because cloud computing has been marked as the “ultimate fix” for any problem that could arise for a business. When most people hear the phrase “the cloud” they immediately think of off-premise data storage.
Regardless of what many people believe, cloud services can do much more than simply data storage. Below are seven cloud technologies that prove this notion wrong.
1. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS is the process of delivery for operating systems and necessary services across the internet without having to download or install anything. Additionally, PaaS allows users to build and employ the applications they need without needing underlying infrastructure.
2. Identity as a Service (IDaaS)
Investing in Identity Access and Management (IAM) is frequently suggested to business owners. IAM works to help businesses manage the way users can both access and interact with the data and applications on the business’ network. Additionally, IDaaS can automate all of the IAM of a company, which can be a huge asset. IDaaS also provides access controls, multi-factor authentications, and single sign-ons.
3. Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
A significant cost for many businesses is the purchase and maintenance of computer systems. Computer systems are pricy up front, and even more money needs to be spent trying to keep the systems from becoming obsolete too quickly.
That’s where DaaS comes into play as it allows consumers to access virtual desktops that reside in a cloud service provider. Users will barely notice a difference as their virtual desktop will look and function the same as a tangible one, the only real difference is that the computer’s operating system doesn’t reside in the machine.
The benefits of DaaS is that IT staff aren’t tied to updating the software on outsourced computers, and they also don’t have to worry about third-party contractors. Your business won’t have to buy expensive hardware or security.
4. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IaaS handles outsourcing equipment essential for support. This includes outsourcing hardware, network components, servers, and storage, which takes place on a network.
5. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
Data is essential to most businesses. When it comes to security, businesses are encouraged to keep their data recovery onsite; however, it would be irresponsible to keep all of your data in one place. DRaaS solutions are offered on a subscription basis and get delivered via the cloud. Advantages include support for various application, OS, and data types.
Any company that values its business will value its data. While onsite data recovery solutions are recommended, keeping all your (digital) eggs in just one basket may not be the wisest thing here.
6. Security as a Service (SECaaS)
Like many other IT services, onsite security management protocols are frustrating to manage. If you pile too much on your IT staff, you open yourself up to holes in your security. SECaaS is a business model in which a third-party provides and manages the security for IT rather than handling it in-house.
7. Software as a Service (SaaS)
SaaS is a model for software distribution. During this distribution, customers can access applications via the internet, where they are hosted by vendors or service providers.
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