Cloud services are one of the most over-hyped marketing and buzzwords these days. Its seems like every company that has a web site is calling themselves a cloud service provider. Although, once you get past the hype, and understand the technology it's very impressive in what it can deliver.
Cloud services are a game changer, they will shift the foundation of how web applications are built, supported, and delivered to customers. They will help lower cost, provide faster times to market for application developers. While providing organizations with a way to quickly deploy applications and services to their employees, while reducing cost.
Below is a high-level list of the three distinct types of cloud services:
Challenges of Cloud Computing
Cloud services comes with a lot of promises of lower cost and rapid development/deployment cycles, but this technology doesn't come without its issues.
Below is a high-level list of some of the technical and administrative challenges that any organization will face when deploying this technology:
Cloud Providers Profiles
Below is a brief list of some of the top cloud service providers, and a short description of their service offerings.
Description: A platform of various on-demand services to build and host web applications in Microsoft-managed data centers..
Description: Hosted Microsoft Office services delivered over the Internet.
Description: Google web applications targeted at businesses, and host in Google-managed data centers.
Description: A platform for developing and hosting web applications in Google-managed data centers.
Amazon Web Services
Description: A collection of Amazon's web-based cloud computing platform services.
Description: A collection of Rackspace's web-based cloud computing platform services