What is Cloud Computing and How Does it Work?

4 Jul 2019 IT Services

Getting to know what cloud computing is and how it works will help you better understand the benefits this IT service has to offer. At Next Hop Solutions, they offer a wide range of IT services, including cloud computing, that can be tailored to suit the needs of each unique business.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a pool of shared resources that can be accessed by individuals or companies from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. This range of computing resources—data storage, servers, networking, software, analytics, etc.—can be rapidly scaled to meet your business needs.

How Does Cloud Computing Work?

Cloud service providers integrate three main components together to ensure the seamless delivery of cloud computing services to a range of different users. The three main components that make up the cloud computing architecture are:

1. Frontend

The frontend is the computer or mobile device and the application used to access the cloud computing system. While some systems may require a special application, most of the time the application used to access the system is a web browser.

2. Backend

The backend is the computer infrastructure owned by your cloud provider—computers, services, operating systems, and storage devices. All of the data on the cloud is stored on the backend storage devices, while all software applications used to access the cloud are run on the computers. Each software application also has a dedicated server, while the central server is used to monitor traffic and to ensure everything is running smoothly.

3. Network

As the key component of the entire cloud computing system, the network allows the frontend and the backend to connect to one another over the Internet.

Cloud computing also uses three main cloud deployment models to allow you to access information from anywhere with an Internet connection. These three models are:

1. Public

As the main model used in cloud computing, the public cloud allows consumers to access the cloud system over the Internet. This means that consumers do not have to worry about dealing with any infrastructure ownership.

2. Private

While the private cloud is designed to offer the same resource sharing and scalability of the public cloud, this model offers improved security that only allows the owners to have access to the cloud system. This means that the owner will need to purchase and manage all of their resources and employees.

3. Hybrid

The hybrid model works to combine both the private and public clouds with a link over the Internet. This model allows for better disaster recovery or flexibility in situations when the private cloud needs to use the vast resources of the public cloud.

If you would like to learn more about what cloud computing is and how it works, or if you are interested in one of their IT services, please contact Next Hop Solutions at 1-855-482-5141 or by requesting a consultation on their website.