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Cloud Computing 101 WHAT IS THE CLOUD? Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared

 ESKTOP AS A SERVICE (DaaS) D Desktop as a Service provides a complete desktop operating environment with applications, storage, and security to any device on the Internet. DaaS environments typically Include common productivity software such as Microsoft Office, line of business applications like QuickBooks, AutoCAD, or industry-specific tools. The virtual desktop is protected against spyware, viruses, and includes web-filtering.

INFRASTRUCTURE AS A SERVICE (IaaS) Infrastructure as a Service is the delivering of virtual servers and storage from the cloud. These resources can range from very bare-bones systems like Amazon’s EC2 storage that provides virtual hard disk capacity to systems, to complete network environments where customers have complete control of the entire technology stack.

pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. Cloud computing enables businesses to work without having physical servers inside of their buildings and means that companies no longer need to keep purchasing expensive equipment to provide computing resources to their employees.

EVOLUTION OF THE CLOUD While the cloud has just started to become a common term over the past few years, it has been a long evolution of technology, software and services that has gotten the platform to be where it is today.


Increase IT responsiveness and efficiency

Increased security in many cases

Reduce expenditures and overhead

Pay for what you use

No investment costs

Greater choice in providers and vendors

Platform Independence

Free up IT resources for innovation

Software as a Service provides computing applications via a web-browser. The ability to use an application without having to have special software installed and licensed to each physical computer saves companies time and money in addition to offering greater flexibility. Most SaaS providers include new features and upgrades automatically removing many headaches from the upgrade and obsolescence cycle that has plagued traditional desktop applications. Examples of software as a service

Ability to use consumer technology

Increased features

are Gmail, DropBox and


Cloud Computing 101  

WHAT IS THE CLOUD? • SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE (SaaS) • INFRASTRUCTURE AS A SERVICE (IaaS) • Increase IT responsiveness and efficiency • Reduce...