Gone are the days when companies relied on hard drives and physical locations to store vital company data. Cloud infrastructure services assure client organizations of data protection and 24/7 deployment availability.
With corporate data stored online via cloud technology, work operations are more dynamic, scalable, and, most importantly, adaptable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s take a closer look at the services available through cloud infrastructure providers:
Cloud Infrastructure Services
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Instead of purchasing hardware with exorbitant fees, cloud infrastructure service providers can offer IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service. Under this scheme, the providers allow the use of their resources on-demand, or as needed, to monitor various operations such as networking and computing.
IaaS focuses primarily on leasing or renting virtual servers as data storage for clients via the cloud. Depending on the demands of the client, IaaS can automatically scale its uptime and performance. It eliminates the cumbersome need to purchase physical data centers manually.
IaaS cloud providers supply IT infrastructure such as virtual machines to subscribers from their immense equipment resources in data centers. The deployment of these applications uses operating-system images and application software. Billing reflects the consumed and allocated resources.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
SaaS or Software as a Service delivers the use of specific software to client organizations. The software is available 24/7 on-demand without downloading because it offers access directly via a thin client such as a web browser.
The third-party cloud provider uses a software distribution model to enable its clients to store their user data through local devices or the cloud.
Many industries effectively embraced this delivery model for numerous business applications, including office software, development software, virtualization, accounting, collaboration, gamification, resource planning, invoicing, talent acquisition, content management, and service desk management.
Its prevalence in industries made SaaS a viable strategy for enterprise software companies. Sales are booming further, especially with its integral role in remote work-from-home operations.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS or Platform as a Service offers a cloud subscription model for using an application or platform online. It entails the complete deployment and development of a digital environment through cloud technology, including simple cloud-based applications to cloud-facilitated enterprise applications.
There are three delivery modes for PaaS:
- PaaS can work as a public cloud service from a provider, wherein subscribers select the software deployment with minimal configuration options. The provider will give pertinent details such as networks, servers, operating systems, storage, middleware, database, and other hosting services.
- PaaS can work as a private service behind a firewall. The provider can either offer an application or software.
- PaaS can operate as a public infrastructure deployed as a service.
The Top Providers of Cloud Infrastructure Services
Amazon Web Services
As one of the leading multinational technological companies, Amazon’s venture as a cloud infrastructure service provider is a role model for success. The Amazon Web Services is firmly established as a cloud computing platform for content delivery, database storage, and computing power.
Flexibility, reliability, and scalability are significant strengths of Amazon Web Services with no upfront cost for clients. The related service that customers use is the only fee that they should pay. Here are the best-selling features from Amazon Web Services:
- Amazon S3
- Amazon Glacier
- Amazon Redshift
- Amazon ElastiCache
- Amazon RDS
- Amazon EBS
- Amazon DynamoDB
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer numerous solutions that power industries today, such as Financial Services, Game Tech, Healthcare, Advertising, Travel, and Manufacturing.
AWS has dynamic packages for content delivery, computing power, database storage, and several more functionalities. Launched in March 2006, Amazon Web Services is still delivering results on the strength of its pay-as-you-go-basis.
Powered by its momentum as an influential technological company, Microsoft translated its success into cloud computing ventures. Testing, building, deploying, and application management are the core strengths of its cloud infrastructure called Microsoft Azure.
Their platform is a global data center network that is both public and private. It utilizes virtualization to differentiate the coupling of the OS and the CPU with a hypervisor’s help. The hypervisor’s abstraction layer creates an emulation of a physical machine’s functions, making it a server and hardware all rolled into one.
Microsoft Azure offers a significant amount of virtual machines for its clients, with each device capable of running numerous operating systems.
Unlimited data and analytics capabilities are key strengths of Microsoft Azure. Announced in October 2008 during the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft initially called Azure “Project Red Dog.” Its formal launch came in February 2010 when it went with the name Windows Azure.
With support for third-party systems and software, Microsoft Azure is the largest commercial cloud infrastructure provider by revenue. The power of incumbency of its Office 365 Commercial and Microsoft 365 further adds to its revenue totals.
IBM Cloud focuses on PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Storage networking and computing power are among the resources that IBM Cloud Services offers to its clients, drawing on their in-depth technological industry knowledge.
From a wide range of healthcare, manufacturing, and retail industries, IBM Cloud Services offers top-notch speed and agility with a premium on cost efficiency.
IBM Cloud creates a hybrid multi-cloud environment that effectively translates ideas into implementation and then management. As a solid foundation, IBM Cloud can effectively encourage innovative solutions.
IBM has more than 190 Cloud services for client companies, depending on their needs and specifications. The foundation of IBM Cloud started in June 2013 when IBM acquired the public cloud platform of SoftLayer for its IaaS offerings. In 2014, IBM introduced its PaaS named Bluemix. The integration into IBM Cloud happened in 2017.
Recently, IBM also acquired Instana, an industry-leading enterprise observability platform. It enables IBM to provide artificial intelligence-powered automation capabilities for complex application management.
Google Cloud Platform
The Google search engine platform’s dominance sparked other successful technological initiatives and innovations such as its vaunted Google Cloud Platform. The dynamic cloud infrastructure services of Google powers its online searches for end-users and YouTube search histories.
Machine learning, data storage, and electronic data analysis are among Google Cloud Platform’s core services. Google provides technological stability and 24/7 data integrity with its cloud computing services.
If your company has business challenges, the Google Cloud Platform can offer cloud computing services such as data management, artificial intelligence, a hybrid cloud environment, and multi-cloud set-ups.
The first cloud computing service of Google began in April 2008 with App Engine’s announcement, a powerful platform for hosting and developing web applications in Google data centers. In November 2011, the service became publicly available.
Through the years, more functionalities and services emerged. Google bundled the Google Cloud Platform with Google Workspace (previously called G Suite), Android Enterprise, and Chrome OS Enterprise and APIs (application programming interfaces) for enterprise mapping and machine learning.
Available in 24 regions and 73 zones, Google has 90 products under the Google Cloud brand, encompassing the following technologies:
- Databases and Storage
- Big Data
- Cloud Artificial Intelligence
- Identity and Security
- Tools for Management
- API Platform
- Internet of Things (IoT)
Adobe Creative Cloud
In web visual arts and photography, the Adobe Creative Cloud is the perfect companion for cloud infrastructure needs.
The Adobe Creative Cloud is user-friendly with templates and tutorials and provides easy facilitation for beginners and professionals alike. The cloud service comprises more than 20 desktop, and mobile applications available online that cater to video editing, photography management, graphic design, and web development.
Additionally, you can express your ideas to new places such as Photoshop on the iPad, drawing and painting with Fresco, and 3D design with Augmented Reality.
Whether users are on-the-go with their mobile devices or rooted in their desktop offices, the Adobe Creative Cloud has solutions. Clients can work from anywhere, an important consideration when remote work operations are the new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Users can access and save their file output through the cloud and access it on demand.
As a bonus, teachers and students can avail of over 60% discount to use the Adobe Creative Cloud to access Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and more.
Launched in October 2011, the Adobe Creative Cloud became the platform for Adobe’s applications. Adobe stopped releasing their Creative Suite series in 2013, and future versions found their way through the Creative Cloud.
Expert Guidance in RSI Security
As part of managed IT services, cloud infrastructure services involve technical complexities that may confound client companies. Disruptions to work operations have no place in successful businesses, so expert technical guidance is a necessity rather than a luxury.
RSI Security is the trusted partner to provide your company with an edge as you navigate cloud computing.
One of the essential aspects that companies should secure when using these services is cloud security. Cloud computing benefits are immense, from remote work operations, convenient online data storage to work scalability. But if the vital corporate data is vulnerable, it can pose risks to the company.
The Track Record of RSI Security in Cloud Security
Remote access to data is the crucial strength of cloud infrastructure services. Companies can expand their productivity even while working remotely without significant investments in on-site infrastructure. While cloud computing is still prone to cybersecurity risks, RSI Security has years of experience addressing, combating, and eliminating these threats.
We understand the unique strategies, technologies, security policies, and best practices to protect cloud-based services and data using software security shields.
The threats are real. Gartner reports its research findings that through 2022, 95% of cloud security failures may come from client companies. Utmost protection and awareness are vital.
RSI Security will help you restrict physical system access by improving third-party security and bolstering internal cybersecurity protocols.
The Cloud-Based Security Services of RSI Security
- Comprehensive Threat Monitoring and Analytics
- Protection against Internal and External Threats
- Timely Threat Detection, Response, and Remediation
- Cloud Architecture Assessment and Build
- Security Governance Strategy and Audits
- Identity and Access Management
- Vulnerability Assessments and Management
- Cost-effective, Flexible, and Scalable Protection
- Patch Management
- Web Application Security
The Benefits of Protecting Cloud-Based Data
Cybersecurity is no longer an optional luxury when it comes to cloud technology. If left vulnerable, your company’s daily operations and overall reputation may suffer in the event of a data breach.
RSI Security has the tools and know-how to outline a cloud security program for your company. We can implement a scalable and intelligent security system that will adapt to your business needs. Cost efficiency is our main priority, leading to more productivity on your part.
Here are the comprehensive benefits RSI Security can offer as your Cloud Security Partner:
- Holistic optimization of your cloud security program
- Integration of cloud security with governance and compliance protocols
- Alignment of cloud security practices with strategic business goals
- Deeper cloud security integration across all departments
- Automation and coordination of security resources in the cloud
- Increase of cloud security agility along with risk reduction
Preventing risks is better than reacting to problems. Trust RSI Security to help you protect your vital corporate data each time you use cloud infrastructure services.