What Is a Cloud?
A cloud is a technology solution that provides services on-demand (self-provisioning), scale as needed (elastic) and is built on a consumption model. Cloud services use software technologies to leverage economies of scale, allowing you to manage shared services on a single platform.
Cloud services tend to fall into one of three categories:
- Software as a Service (SaaS): Software rental on a monthly basis;
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Rental of virtual machines that can host any application; or
- Platform as a Service (PaaS): Rental of both technical and non-technical development platforms.
Mavenspire’s Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Clouds can be built inside organizations for multiple departments, shared by multiple organizations over public networks, or any combination of the two. It has become best practice for enterprises to use smaller internal infrastructures in order to realize cost savings, as well as to leverage public clouds for high use times and pilot programs.
Mavenspire works with all major cloud platforms in public, private and hybrid cloud deployments.
OpenStack: OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage and networking resources through a data center. It is managed with a dashboard that gives administrators control, allowing their users to provision resources through a web interface. This open-source collection of projects has been experiencing explosive growth in popularity and adoption since 2014.
VMware: VMware vCloud Suite is an integrated offering that brings together VMware vSphere, VMware Site Recovery Manager and VMware vRealize cloud management platform capabilities (automation, operations and business) to deliver a vSphere-based private cloud.
Microsoft: Microsoft Azure and SaaS through Office 365 provide public cloud deployments.
Amazon Web Services (AWS): AWS is a cloud computing platform provided by Amazon.com that offers over 250 applications and services which deploy, maintain, monitor and run applications in the public cloud.