Cloud" in a computing context refers to computing services provided over the internet ("in the cloud"), including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence. This approach results in faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale.

Cloud computing allows an organization to move services outside its firewall, make them available over the Internet, and store data in data centers provided by a cloud service provider.

Cloud services cover a wide range of different areas and functions, offering companies many benefits. Some more information on the different cloud services:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): IaaS allows companies to rent virtual servers, network resources and storage capacity from a cloud provider. This facilitates IT infrastructure flexibility and scalability, as companies only use as many resources as they need.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): PaaS allows developers to create and run applications in the cloud without having to maintain their own hardware or operating system. This speeds up the application development process and allows developers to focus on innovation and creating business value.
Software as a Service (SaaS): SaaS allows users to access and use applications from the cloud, such as email, business intelligence, CRM, etc. Users only need an internet connection and a web browser to access the applications, and no need to install or upgrade their own.
Data as a Service (DaaS): DaaS allows companies to access and manage data in the cloud. This can include databases, data warehouses and data analytics tools. DaaS makes it easier to share and integrate data and to analyze and leverage information from different data sources.

The various cloud services described above offer companies a wide range of options for IT infrastructure, application development, business applications and data management. Companies can select and combine these services to best meet their business needs and optimize their IT operations. Cloud services provide companies with faster innovation, more efficient operations and a competitive advantage.

General business benefits of cloud services:

  • Cost reduction: cloud computing allows you to minimize investments in your own infrastructure and hardware.
  • Flexibility: resources can be easily increased or decreased according to business needs.
  • Faster innovation: cloud computing enables a faster development process by eliminating the time and resources needed to set up and maintain your own infrastructure.
  • Scalability: cloud services allow companies to flexibly adapt to business growth or decline without the need for major infrastructure changes.
  • Security and data protection: Trusted cloud service providers apply strict security protocols to protect data, minimizing security risks and data loss.