Cloud solutions allow users to access IT services like software, applications, storage, and more over the internet rather than using a local server. Essentially, it’s the IT equivalent of renting instead of buying.
The service is hosted by a vendor and accessed virtually without the need to purchase hardware or carry out installation and ongoing maintenance. Typically, these services are flexible, so buyers only pay for what they use.
There are different cloud-based set-ups, including public, private, and hybrid, requiring different levels of customer input and security:
Multiple end users share a public cloud, with all physical equipment located at the vendor’s premises and accessed via the internet.
The most secure option, a private cloud, is used by one organization only and may be hosted on that organization’s own servers.
Combining public and private clouds, this model allows customers to host some applications on their servers and others at the vendor’s location.
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