IT Governance

Cloud 101: And Not Just for Dummies

The cloud is an advancement in technology that has helped to simplify users technology needs. However, the cloud is far from a simple structure, and in actuality is highly complex. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses how the complexity of the cloud is hidden from users and shares some basic information everyone should know about this major technology.

A Clear View of the Cloudy

The cloud does more than just make a person’s job easier; it also has an entire array of “cloud characteristics.” Some of these characteristics include: self-service, on-demand, shared resources, and broad access. Additionally, there are three types of cloud consumers: the business user, the developer, and IT administrator.

    The business user is more focused on their business needs as opposed to the IT behind the technology they are using. For example, a salesperson would benefit greatly from customer relationship management software, but they do not want nor need to take the time to understand all of the complexity behind it. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) provides the simple answer that they need to run a business without being bogged down with too much information.

    The developer can always see the benefits and simplicity of the cloud. According to the article, “Rather than a developer having to build their own IT infrastructure, or having to work with an IT group to do it for them, they can instead consume a ready-made developer platform that frees them from all the low-level IT work.” The developer can go online and find that platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that they need and move on with what they love to do.

    According to the article, the greatest part of the cloud market today is the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). IaaS replaces a great deal of “low-level” work done at data centers, but it is still a complex entity. Before anyone chooses to utilize IaaS, they should question if PaaS would work instead, because it will do a lot of the work for them. IaaS will however free up the IT administrator’s time because it does things like remove the need to build data centers and eliminates physical networking.

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