In the recent years, we get to hear a lot about the cloud services. But do we actually know what the term means? It is found that most people are unaware of the details of the services. Even the users of the services do not have a clear idea. Explaining the services it can be said that these are any services that the users can avail on their demand from the internet. These services are made available from a cloud computing provider. The essential features of the services are described underneath.
A user can take the advantage of computing abilities like the storage networks, reduced server time, etc. These are very much necessary for human interaction with each of the service providers. This service gives the users the power to complete their works themselves without interacting with the service providers or any other providers.
Broad Network Access
These services make sure that the capabilities are available for access over the network. They are accessed through standard mechanisms which are promoted to use by both the thin and thick heterogeneous client platforms. The examples for these are wireless phones, tablets, workstations and laptops.
The capabilities of the servers are elastically released and provisioned. They scale rapid inward and outward movement in accordance to demand. The capabilities accessible for provisioning to the consumers appear to be unlimited and can be appropriated with any quantity at a given point of time.
The computing resources of the providers are shared so that it can serve several consumers by the use of the multi-tenant model. The physical and virtual services are dynamically assigned and reassigned according to the needs of the consumer. It has a location independence sense. This means that the user does not have knowledge or control over the exact location of the resources that are provided. They are able to specify location at a higher abstraction level in some cases. The examples of the resources are mainly memory, storage, network bandwidth and processing.
Cloud service automatically optimizes and controls the use of resources by leveraging the metering capability at some level that is appropriate for similar types of services. The use of resources can be controlled, monitored. This helps to provide transparency to the consumers and also the providers.
To avail these services the companies or individuals should understand the services and their functionality. This will help them to take the advantage of the promised benefits like energy saving, cost saving, customer empowerment and rapid deployment.