What Are Cloud Environments?

A cloud-based environment is a set of compute hardware software, data, and other equipment that is hosted by a third-party provider and accessible via the Internet. It could be an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.

Cloud-based public cloud services provide easy, scalable access over the Internet to computing resources, eliminating capital expenditures and allowing businesses to make use of more computing power without affecting their development schedules. However, businesses should be on the look out for costly hidden fees and costs, such as data transfer charges, additional storage costs, and fees for specialized technical support or assistance.

Private cloud environments offer the flexibility of a cloud public, with the added benefit of having a private network. Typically, companies will be the owners of the physical hardware as well as lease space from a third-party hosting service to manage the service.

To ensure visibility and control IT departments of a business must keep track of the performance of applications. Modern automation capabilities in cloud environments reduce complexity, while improving the efficiency of workloads and IT agility.