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What Does Cloud Computing Offer?
By: Joe Eitel
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  • What Does Cloud Computing Offer?
  • More Cloud Computing Services
  • Cloud Computing=IT Revolution?
  • Cloud Computing Security Risks

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    Platform as a Service

    Platform as a service -- like web services in the cloud -- can be considered yet another variation of SaaS. Essentially, this particular type of cloud computing offers development environments as a service. Basically, developers can build their own apps, which will run on the provider's infrastructure. Then, theyíre delivered to the developerís users using the providerís serverís Internet.

    It should be pointed out that the services will be controlled by not only the vendor's design, but their capabilities as well. This means that the developer doesnít get complete freedom, but they do get safety and predictability, and in this particular case, thatís a very good thing.

    MSP (Managed Service Providers)

    Managed service providers are often considered one of the oldest forms of cloud computing. Essentially, a managed service is an app that is exposed to IT, as opposed to end users, including virus scanning services for e-mail or apps that monitor service. Some of the managed security services that fall into this category include IBM and Verizon, as well as the cloud-based anti-spam service Postini, which was recently acquired by Google. Managed service providers also offer desktop management services.

    Service Commercial Platforms

    Service commercial platforms should be considered a cross between SaaS and MSP, as this particular cloud computing service offers a service hub users can interact with. This type of cloud computing service is most common among trading environments like expense management systems, which enable users to order secretarial services from a general platform. The platform will then coordinate both the service delivery and pricing according to the specifications the user sets.

    Internet Integration

    This particular type of cloud-based service is in its very earliest states. That being said, there are companies currently using this type of cloud computing service. For example, OpSource, an infrastructure and service for web-based businesses, recently introduced their OpSource Services Bus, which uses in-the-cloud integration technology.

    Basically, all of these new cloud computing technologies enable hosting companies to share their processing and storage resources resourcefully among all of their customers, which means they can offer these services at lower prices. Customers who choose to go with these cloud providers save money, because not only are the rates low, but they also no longer have to purchase their own equipment, and they can simply buy as much computing power as they currently need -- or raise the quantity once their demands change.

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