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More on the history of computing, the reality of Cloud!

Once you get past your internet connection, you’ve arrived in the Cloud. Many years ago, we used to document customer networks and include a cloud as the image of what lay beyond their network. It represents what isn’t inside of a company except for the concept of what is a private cloud. Let me start then if I may describing what the definitions of cloud computing solutions are.

  • Personal Cloud: This is where you have shared storage or shared resources in your house. This can be as simple as a satellite or cable receiver. Or as complex and local Network Attached Storage solutions.
  • Private Cloud: This is a cloud that is built wholly within the data center of a company or government entity.
  • Managed Private Cloud: This is an offering by a company to another entity, is it also sometimes called co-location
  • Community Cloud: A grouping of companies or entities with a common interest. All of the Cities in a country, banding together to offer shared citizen services is the example of a multi-tenant community cloud.
  • Public Cloud: This is a multi-tenant solution that may be focused (a government only cloud) or opens (the public cloud). In each case, the customer creates what is called a virtual private cloud within the public cloud. They operate in their VPC.
  • Hybrid Cloud: The combination of on-premise solutions (private cloud or traditional data centers) and any of the other three cloud solutions (Managed, Community or Public).

Office 365 and GSuite are examples of public cloud offerings. They, live in the special world know as SaaS, or Software as a Service. The clouds above are traditionally called IaaS, or Infrastructure as a service. The last component of cloud computing is the concept of PaaS or platform as a serv vice. This is where organizations can create development platforms, or use development platforms in the cloud. Salesforce.com is a great example (Force.com) of an available PaaS solution (Salesforce itself is a SaaS offering).

IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

SaaS: software as a service

PaaS: Platform as a Service

DaaS: Desktop as a Service

Security is critical if you move your computer solutions out of your data center. The value of a data center is you always have the nuclear option when your company is being attacked by a hacker. You can turn everything off. You can do that in the cloud as well, but it is a lot faster in your managed data center. What cloud computing has enabled is the new concept of the Internet of Everything (formerly called the Internet of Things). Cloud allows for distributed computing, and ultimately the reality of everything being connected!

  • Virily is a web application, do you know where it fits above? (answer in the comments)

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  • Do you use online banking?

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  • Do you use Outlook.com, Google or Yahoo for email?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever build a virtual machine?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you shop at Amazon?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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