The rapid development of technology recently has introduced new terms and meanings into our lives. When we think back to 10 to 15 years ago, cloud services were not very popular, but in recent years, it has become an important topic that we often hear about and a lot of content has been produced on. Before delving deep into the topic, let’s first start with the definition of cloud services.
What are Cloud Services?
Cloud services refer to the use of system resources such as processors, RAM, and disks with the aid of virtualization technology to create a new virtual server. The virtual servers to be created here are configured according to the needs of the individual or institution. Users can access this virtual system only with an internet connection.
Cloud services are divided into private or public according to the needs of the individual or institution. The term private cloud services here is used for systems that can be accessed only by certain IP addresses or individuals. Public cloud services, on the other hand, are structures that can be accessed by many systems and individuals and have relatively lower security measures compared to private cloud services.
Basically, there are 3 different types of cloud services, and they have different names according to their purposes. These are;
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a service, the first of the cloud services, is essentially a pay-as-you-go system that is created according to the needs of individuals and institutions, where all system resources are rented and used.
Features such as the system being able to continue working without being affected by hardware failures with virtualization technology, being able to quickly increase resources in high resource requirements, and high system accessibility make infrastructure as a service attractive. With Infrastructure as a Service, you can save on hardware, data center, and personnel costs.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Platform as a Service provides the right system resources for a wide range of different needs, such as developers and packaged software, CRM and accounting programs used by individuals and institutions, providing uninterrupted and high-performance infrastructure service. It also provides software components such as database, server infrastructure, framework structures in addition to hardware.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a service is a service model where you rent a virtual server where these software can be run from software providers instead of the software licenses you purchase for your needs, and at the same time have the right to use the software.
In the system with a subscription fee, users continue to use by renting the software license and the virtual server.
5 Reasons to Use Cloud Services
All cloud services’ system resources are configured according to the specific needs of individuals and institutions at that moment. The current resources of the systems can be changed in a very simple way according to these needs, which can change over time. With the convenience brought by cloud services, your system has high uptime periods.
Just imagine if you had a physical server service instead of cloud services. You would need to complete a long and complex series of operations such as finding compatible hardware for the change of existing resources, going to the data center, shutting down the system, integrating new hardware resources into the system. However, all operations are easily completed with the virtualization technology that cloud services have.
Today, many individuals or institutions have started looking for alternative ways due to reasons such as the increase in hardware, electricity, and internet line costs, and the high rents of data centers. However, with cloud services enhanced by virtualization technology, you can save on many cost items such as electricity, cabinet, internet infrastructure, hardware, maintenance, and management.
In addition, in case of possible hardware failures, users do not bear any hardware costs and the new hardware is procured by the cloud service provider for the users.
In today’s world where technology is rapidly developing, new generation hardware with more powerful features is produced every year. Users with cloud services can continue to use the most current hardware for their existing servers without paying any price difference. With the new generation high-performance hardware, they can see noticeable improvements in uptime periods while their existing systems work faster.
You can request the support you need for your cloud service from your service provider. Having an IT specialist for companies brings many costs. Institutions have to bear many financial and moral costs such as the personal rights, training, adaptation of the IT employee. However, you can easily solve the support problem of your system by incurring a very small cost with the support staff you will request from your service provider for your cloud service. In addition, this support staff will be an IT staff with very large experience in the field and will provide the configurations and updates that your system needs for you.
One of the first features that come to mind when it comes to information technologies and cloud service today is backup. Backup service is as important as the system working with high performance and high accessibility. It often acts as a lifesaver in case of a mishap in the cloud services you use.
Backup, which has evolved with virtualization technology, is of vital importance in many disaster situations such as when a system is locked, in major hardware failures, and in many more disaster situations that we can’t even count. With the periodic backup feature in cloud services, individuals and institutions easily ensure the safety and continuity of their data.