Up until a decade and a half ago, companies from around the world that offered services such as storage, computing, etc. were using their private servers. Quite often, there were issues with handling the data, which resulted in database corruption. This conventional system of database management was first challenged by the clouding computing platform offered by Amazon Web Services, often abbreviated as AWS, and this solution revolutionized the IT industries of today.
So, what is so special about AWS? What does it do and how does it make database handling better? In this article, we are going to answer these questions in detail and discuss the different types of Cloud computing models in details. We will also discuss the most widely used solutions offered by the contemporary cloud computing market, especially the ones offered by AWS.
Let's begin by understanding what cloud computing basically is, and what its different models are.
What is Cloud Computing?
Anyone who is a 21st-century person and who likes to keep up with all the latest updates in the IT industry must have come across the word Cloud Computing once in their lifetime. Well, simply put, it is a technology that makes use of remote servers available on the internet to store, manage and process data to IT companies around the world. They don't have to rely on any local server or their personal computers to handle their data, which increases their ability to focus entirely on their work and leave the data maintenance work to the cloud computing service provider.
Basically, there are three types of Cloud Computing services, namely, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Let's have a brief introduction to these three.
If things have somewhat started to make sense after hearing the full name, then you've already understood half of it. SaaS solutions is a software service that is run and managed by the service provider. In other words, with SaaS, you don't have to worry about maintaining the software that you are using. It will keep updating by itself so that you can focus on your work and leave the hassles of maintenance to your SaaS provider.
2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
With PaaS, you can get all your underlying infrastructure, including all the hardware and operating systems, managed by your service provider. This way, you can focus on the deployment and management of your applications. Again, the whole purpose of these services is to increase the efficiency of an organization by reducing the maintenance time and thereby, increasing the operation time.
3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service is what you would understand as the conventional definition of cloud computing. It is a service that lets users rent servers, storage space and more. In short, this service lets you take full control of your resources by increasing the flexibility and overall management of your resources.
Now that we've understood the types of cloud computing solutions, let's take a look at one of the most in-use services offered directly by the tech giant Amazon through AWS.
What is AWS?
Amazon is one of the pioneers of cloud computing solutions. In 2006, they launched their AWS service which introduced the pay-as-you-go cloud computing solution that provided users with computing and storing solution as needed. However, it's not a single service package. In fact, there are over 100 different services that are covered under Amazon Web Services, which offer a wide range of solutions for infrastructure management, application development, network security, etc.
As you have probably already guessed, AWS is the third kind of clouding computing solution, ie Infrastructure as a Service. The wide range of services offered by AWS makes it a one-stop solution to all the maintenance work of an IT company. We're going to discuss some of the most significant services that are offered in different solutions offered by AWS.
In terms of networking solutions, AWS incorporates services that offer a wide range of features such as network speed, network security, etc.
AWS provides a wide range of management tools that help you in managing all your resources to improve your efficiency.
These solutions help in processing the data on the cloud by the use of powerful resources working at the same time.
Analytics solutions help you in making the best use of data by interpreting it to your benefit. With analytics, the data starts to speak with you.
5. Content Delivery
The content delivery network by AWS seamlessly delivers all the data to multiple users globally with high transfer rates and low latency.
It's safe to conclude that AWS cloud computing is powerful, but it has its own shortcomings that will surely be overcome in the coming years. Let's wait and see what the future holds for cloud computing in the coming years.