Cloud computing is the backbone of many business and organizational functions, and that will only be more pronounced in the future. 

The cloud allows access to servers, storage, networking, databases, analytics, software, and intelligence over the internet. It allows for scalable, flexible, and cost-effective IT resource usage without investing in physical infrastructure and the staff required to make the most of a cloud. 

In covering what happens in the world of cloud computing, we look at different aspects that include:

  • Cloud service models– These include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and more. Each model allows businesses and organizations to choose between control, responsibility, and customization levels. 
  • Cloud deployment models– These are different ways customers can deploy their cloud resources based on location, scalability, and security. Some of the central deployments include public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud. 
  • Cloud security and compliance– The coverage looks at authentication, encryption, auditing, authorization, governance, monitoring, backup, disaster recovery, and regulation adherence. 
  • Cloud innovation and transformation– Cloud computing is leveraged in innovative and transformative ways to improve outcomes and operations. This includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, serverless computing, FinOps, DevOps, cloud-native apps, containerization, microservices, business agility, and digital transformation. 

Cloud computing will continue to be a vital and strategic component of the digital economy, and staying updated with the field allows you to adopt and implement the best of each aspect for your vision and mission as a business or individual.