7 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Industry forecasts anticipate continued growth for Cloud Computing in the coming years. For example, Cloud services’ adoption is increasing among the mid-tier and small and medium businesses (SMB). More than ever, Cloud Computing skills are mandatory for employees in the IT industry. That's why we present the basic 7 fundamentals of cloud computing.

What is Cloud Computing?

Let's begin with the most obvious question: what is Cloud Computing? In the first place, what is the Cloud? That is just a fancy way to describe a network, and in most instances, it means the Internet. Cloud Computing refers to storing your information or accessing applications that reside in the Cloud: either in a privately-owned Internet location or on a third-party server located in a data center.

7 Fundamentals

The most important knowledge about Cloud Computing can be summarized in the following 7 fundamental principles:

1. What is Cloud Computing? (See above)

2. The Building Blocks of Cloud Computing: Cloud Computing providers offer their services according to different models, sometimes called layers. The 3 standard models are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

3. The Role of IT in Cloud Computing: As Cloud Computing is growing, the role of IT staff is consistently changing. The new roles of IT specialists are those of coordinator and broker.

4. Benefits: Cloud Computing allows companies to avoid or minimize fixed, IT infrastructure costs. Moreover, third-party clouds enable organizations to focus on their core businesses. Flexibility and scalability are other often-cited benefits of cloud computing.

5. Risks: There are some legal and practical aspects of which you should be aware.

6. Governance: Cloud Computing impacts policies relating to using services.

7. Competencies: IT staff will need to possess skills for the Cloud era. Some employees might need further training.

In the coming months, we will be describing the foundations of the Cloud Computing phenomenon. After reading this series, you will become an expert. Keep watching this space…

EXIN and Cloud Computing

At EXIN, we are aware the Cloud has great potential, both in business life as well as on your resume. The EXIN Cloud Computing program looks at the way IT-related services are provided via the Internet. The creation of this modern, digital utility has led to a vast array of roles needing at least basic Cloud Computing knowledge. Issues of scalability, agility, and security are covered within the context of Cloud Computing. The exam materials have been created in collaboration with experts in the Cloud industry.