Cloud Services

The term cloud services is an umbrella term for the services provided to a company and its clients via the internet. With the help of this type of service, it is possible to obtain cheap and easy access to applications without having to provide the corresponding hardware or other infrastructure. These services are generally used at work, for example when reading emails or working on documents together.

How they work
These services are completely managed by service providers and cloud computing providers. In this case, data is made available on the provider’s servers. For this reason, in-house server hosting is no longer necessary.

The advantages

Lower costs

As these services are provided in monthly or annual subscriptions, direct software licences are no longer required. Therefore, companies no longer have to invest in storage, software or other services, nor do they have to worry about upgrading and maintenance.

High degree of scalability

The provider supplies the necessary infrastructure and software for this purpose. This eliminates the need for the company to invest in IT infrastructure and staff to manage it. Similarly, it provides greater scalability (for example, if additional licences are required for new employees or if applications need to be upgraded).

Increased flexibility

Services can be procured according to individual needs. If a certain service is no longer needed, it can be deactivated.

The different two most important versions:

Software as a Service (SaaS)

This is the best-known type of service. This includes, for example, file backup and storage tools, project management tools and web-based email services.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

With this service type, the complete infrastructure is provided if clients do not want to take care of the tool management themselves. In terms of functionality, this is comparable to a data centre’s complete framework. No local installations are required in this case.

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