What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is the term used for the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet, where you only pay for what you use. So you do not physically own a data center or server, but rent it from a cloud provider. The advantage is that you can use all the computing power, storage and databases you need (and often upscaling or downsizing within a few clicks), without having to take care of maintenance.
The cloud as a symbol stems from the Packet Switching concept. Within this concept they didn’t log the path data packets traveled during transmission. Because that route was no longer recorded, known or important, a cloud was drawn. Cloud computing is therefore not about the connection, but about the infrastructure. For lovers of data and facts; In 1996, the term cloud computing was first used by the Technology Executives group when discussing the future of Internet businesses.
After that the developments continued. SaaS (Software as a Service) became embraced by many major players. In 2005 Amazon stormed the market and from 2007 Google, IBM and several universities started to focus more on cloud computing. It really took off when it became possible to virtualize a server. “The Cloud” or “Cloud Computing” as a term really became popular when Amazon and Google started using it towards their users. Access to software and the storage of their files no longer went “on the web”, but were “in the cloud”.
And so you have the benefits of the cloud easily available to everyone. The agility to innovate quickly by combining the technologies available. The flexibility of scaling resources, you no longer have to rely on your peak levels. You can scale these resources up or down to instantly grow and shrink capacity as your needs change. This scalability can therefore be very useful or valuable for that one annual event that you organize.
And don’t forget the cost savings! To get back to the annual event, you pay for example 11 months the “normal” costs and only the month of your event more because you then need the expansion of resources.
Furthermore, it is now possible to expand to new regions with just a few clicks and therefore deploy worldwide. At Fuga Cloud, we have our regions located in the most highly regarded data centers, built with the best hardware. They are maintained by a fully automated CI/CD line that fully tests all our updates to the Fuga platform before going live. This allows us to guarantee high performance and a very stable platform. Moreover, we are a true Dutch Cloud Provider and we comply with all GDPR standards. (see also the previous blog about Amsterdam and Frankfurt)
3 Cloud services or 3 layers of management
Each layer of Cloud Services or Cloud Computing provides different levels of control, flexibility and management. This allows you to easily choose a service that best suits your wishes, needs and possibilities.
Cloud Applicaties: Software as a Service (SaaS)
The name says it all, software, so the online applications one can use. Think of the online working environment, web-based mail, etc. On this layer, you as a user, only have to think which software you want to use. The service provider takes care of the availability, security, updates and other maintenance.
Cloud Platforms: platform as a service (PaaS)
On this layer, the management is at a higher level. Within the established limits, you do have the freedom of movement to do more yourself. The framework and infrastructure is in the hands of the service provider, the implementation and management of applications is in your own hands.
Cloud Infrastructure: infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
This is the layer of servers, networks, (virtual) hardware, storage capacity and everything that has to do with infrastructure or framework. Here you will find the highest level of flexibility and management control over IT resources. It is the foundation of the other two layers.
4 Cloud Deployment models or 4 types of Clouds
There are different types of Clouds to store all your data, depending on the needs and wishes you can choose such a cloud or a combination of them. This is also a characteristic of the flexibility that Cloud Computing has.
The Cloud provider has a server with infrastructure, hardware and software that multiple organizations or people use. You do not own this infrastructure, servers and applications and can therefore not determine the location or who uses it, that is in the hands of the provider. The management and access of your data is of course not public and is in your own hands.
In this case, the provider offers the infrastructure to a single entity (organization or person). You do not have to share the software and hardware used with other users. This server or cloud can be based at a provider or on a (internal) location of your own. Here you have full control over security, quality and of course your data.
If multiple organizations have the same or similar cloud requirements and trust each other, they can share a cloud together. This compares design and privacy to a private cloud, but has the advantages of a public cloud when it comes to scalability and cost savings. A concrete example is the cooperation of several municipalities. They process a lot of personal data and therefore set high standards for confidentiality and security. A public cloud cannot offer that, so you have to opt for a private cloud. By placing all municipalities within the same infrastructure, you avoid setting up the same cloud several times, which means you have a nice cost saving per municipality.
Simply put, this is a combination of one or more public or private clouds. The infrastructures continue to operate separately from each other, but they do exchange data and/or applications with each other. So you can store part of it in a private cloud (the sensitive information or business applications), while a SaaS application such as Sharepoint is also used. As an end user, you will not notice this separation because you only have to log in once and the exchange is all arranged in the background.
5 essential characteristics
According to the NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technologies), Cloud Computing must meet certain characteristics to be allowed to call itself that. You can also look at these five characteristics as the advantages of Cloud.
On Demand Service No complicated situations or procedures, but a super-fast setup possible. All you need is a device, internet connection and a credit card. After entering payment details, the platform, server or services are immediately available.
Fast elasticity or instant scalability Via an interface it is easy to scale according to need, in memory, storage capacity, processor time, number of users, etc. And not only in upscaling but also in downsizing. So elastic to both sides, and also available or switched off immediately.
Pay for what you use or measured services There are no fixed costs per month or a subscription with a monthly rate, but the invoice only shows what you have actually used and you are only charged for that. You will immediately see downsizing or upscaling, giving you clear cost control.
Broad available network access You don’t have to meet very specific and special requirements to gain access, the services in the cloud are available via networks such as the internet. The device used should also not matter, available via desktop, mobile, tablet, etc. And you can assume that the various clients such as Windows, Mac, iPad and Android systems are all flawlessly supported.
Shared resources By sharing the various resources, you as a customer are flexible in your use and you do not bear all the costs. Big plus, you do not have to think about maintenance, capacity and security of the servers.
What does Fuga Cloud have to offer
At Fuga Cloud we have a lot to offer and we continue to develop and expand our services. Of course there is a lot of information on our site, below is a list with links to the most important pages.
Everything you need for your cloud platform:: https://fuga.cloud/features/
- User-friendly Dashboard
- Cloud Compute = Instances (servers/ virtual machines)
- Advanced Networking
- Kubernetes clusters
Different types of storage in Fuga Cloud are possible: https://fuga.cloud/storage/
Fuga Academy and support
We understand that not everyone has the same knowledge and are happy to help you become a real Fuga Cloud expert. Within our Fuga Academy (» https://docs.fuga.cloud/) we offer various (free) tutorials on different topics. These are freely accessible and you can always use them for support, even if you are not a customer.
If you can’t figure it out with our tutorials alone and you are a Fuga Member (customer), you can always ask a question by chat or email. Our cloud experts are happy to help you and always want to think along with you. You will understand that we only offer this service to our customers. The chat or mail is available to everyone to check whether we can offer certain services or products to help you decide whether you want to become a Fuga Member.
99.99% uptime SLA and always insightful status
You can always check the status of our servers at https://status.fuga.cloud/. If you look there you will mainly see a lot of green uptime bars and few incident reports. The Fuga Cloud platform is designed and equipped with stability and performance as a starting point. At the same time, our monitoring proactively detects problems, minimizing the consequences of a malfunction. We stand for quality and our product and therefore dare to say that we amply live up to that 99.99% uptime.
Fuga Cloud is ISO 20000, ISO 27001 and NEN7510 certified. These certifications guarantee our quality and procedures. We are a 100% Dutch organization and fully hosted in the best data centers in the Netherlands. This means that we (and you as a customer) fall under Dutch and European legislation and regulations and comply with the GDPR. By the way, we are busy rolling out regions elsewhere in Europe to expand our service. The route to Frankfurt has started and we will regularly report about it in our newsletter and via social media. So stay tuned, sign up and follow us. (see footer for all links)
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