What I’ve found, working in the industry that I do, is that there is a significant difference between ways people view the cloud. Some people see it as a way to utilize someone else’s hardware to do the same tasks that they’d normally do if they had owned it themselves. In this case, there’s a meme floating around that “the cloud is just someone else’s computer” and it’s pretty accurate. There are others of us, on the other hand, who recognize how the cloud can revolutionize digital workflows, and I’m going to do my best to explain the difference between these two viewpoints and how that relates to the levels of service you can expect from the cloud. I’ve included a handy infographic to help compare the two, and I’ve gone into more detail in the article.
Before we can go too far into how the cloud *can* operate, we need to explain how digital service previously worked. This is called the “Server/Client model”. Put simply, you have two operators in this digital model. A server, which collects, stores,
Typically in a Server/Client model, you’ll have significant hardware requirements meaning you’ll need multiple servers that are clustered, backed up, updated regularly, not to mention anything that you need to do to run the actual service end. It’s a rather high-maintenance solution when you scale it out to a large enterprise like Facebook (which is why they don’t even use this model for most of their services) but it also doesn’t scale well for small businesses, since you’d need to hire someone to manage your hardware and all the
The Cloud Model
Now, when we talk about the cloud model, we are talking about a functional model. Instead of having a server that runs Windows that then runs our Application which may utilize other services to deliver your desired end result, we skip almost all of the steps by running a function or a container that doesn’t require a server to run on. This gets a little technically complex, so let’s use a metaphor instead. If we were wanting to
Cloud providers let you manage your
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