Cloud Computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services (applications, storage, processing power, etc.) over the Internet. These resources can be divided and released without direct active management by the user. This term is often used to describe data centers available to users over the internet.
Cloud computing services cover a vast range of options, from the basics of storage, networking, and processing power to natural language processing and artificial intelligence. This includes about any service that doesn’t require you to be physically near to the computer hardware that you’re using.
The cloud computing model can significantly help federal agencies requiring highly reliable and innovative services quickly, despite resource constraints. By leveraging shared infrastructure and economies of scale, this solution presents an attractive solution for federal leadership. Currently there are four main types of cloud storage utilized today. These include personal, hybrid, private, and public cloud storage.
A combination of public and private cloud storage. In the Hybrid cloud critical data resides in the enterprise’s private cloud while other data is stored and accessible from a public cloud storage provider.
Personal Cloud storage is also known as mobile cloud storage. This cloud is a subset of public cloud storage that applies to storing an individual’s data in the cloud and providing the individual with access to the data from anywhere. It also provides data syncing and sharing capabilities across multiple devices. An example of personal storage would be Google’s Drive.
Private Cloud storage offers a form of cloud storage where the enterprise and cloud storage provider are integrated in the enterprise’s data center. The storage provider has infrastructure in the enterprise’s data center that is typically managed by the storage provider. Private cloud storage helps resolve the potential for security and performance concerns while still offering the advantages of cloud storage.
Public cloud storage is where the enterprise and storage service provider are separate and there aren’t any cloud resources stored in the enterprise’s data center. The cloud storage provider fully manages the enterprise’s public cloud storage.