1. Cloud computing is ALREADY the next stage in evolution of the Internet. The cloud in cloud computing provides the means through which everything from computing power to computing infrastructure,applications, business processes to personal collaboration — can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need.Cloud computing is offered in different forms:
- Public clouds
- Private clouds
- Hybrid clouds, which combine both public and private
2. In general the cloud is similar to fluid that can easily expand and contract. This elasticity means that users can request additional resources on demand and just as easily deprovision (or release) those resources when they’re no longer needed. This elasticity is one of the main reasons individual, business, and IT users are steadily moving to the cloud.In the traditional data center it has always been possible to add and release resources but we all know how much effort generally goes in.
3. This doesn’t mean that all applications, services, and processes will necessarily be moved to the cloud. Many businesses are much more cautious and are taking a hard look at their most strategic business processes and intellectual property to determine which computing assets need to remain under internal company control and which computing assets could be moved to the cloud.
4. The cloud itself is a set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that enable the delivery of computing as a service. Cloud services include the following :
- IaaS(Infrastructure as a service) : Infrastructure as a Service is a provision model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. The service provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. The client typically pays on a per-use basis.
- PaaS(Platform as a Service) : Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a way to rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the Internet. The service delivery model allows the customer to rent virtualized servers and associated services for running existing applications or developing and testing new ones.
- SaaS ( Software as a Service) : Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.
5. Besides these services,new delivery models such as Crimeware as a Service are also building up in the parallel...for that just google else from the name u can make out it is crime ware as a service as I mentioned in one of the posts in my blog about two years back here.....
6. Now that goes as the most simple intoruction for a cloud computing over view...the main part starts now...how about the security aspects for each of these...that will be in slightly more detail in subsequent posts...