The Complete Guide to Cloud Computing: The Definitive Resource for Understanding the Basics and Getting Started


The cloud has revolutionized the way we store and share our data. The increased demand for reliable, scalable, low-cost storage has spawned dozens of new technologies to take advantage of this opportunity. Afrohi Storama will provide you with a complete understanding of what cloud computing is, how it works, and how your business can benefit from it. The book will cover everything from the basics to practical applications that can get you started right away!

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The history behind its development

Despite its recent surge, cloud computing has been around since 1960 at least. It was first developed by JCR Licklider as a way to allow people remote access to software through networks or shared computers. The idea didn’t really take off until much later when companies like Amazon started selling web services, allowing developers more flexibility in programming without having to buy expensive equipment.

Today, there are many different types of clouds that serve various functions which you can see below. The two most popular options are public and private clouds with hybrid being an option on either end depending on what suits your business best!

Types of clouds

The different types of clouds available today can be confusing. But The Complete Guide to Cloud Computing by Digital Media Training is your ultimate resource.

The world has changed drastically over the last decade thanks to cloud technology that makes it easier than ever before to access just about any type of data or information from anywhere in an instant. But what exactly are “clouds”, how do they work, who uses them, why should you care? The answer might surprise you! While most people have at least heard of this relatively new way of accessing files remotely especially in the workforce. The Complete Guide to Cloud Computing by Digital Media Training is here to help you get up-to-speed on what exactly this technology brings along with it and how you can benefit from using “the cloud”.

Which of your business processes can benefit

The second step would be determining which of your business processes can benefit from using a service instead of building out an entire infrastructure stack by yourself or hiring someone else to do so. Once these two steps have been completed, you’ll want to start exploring some options that are available right now as well as how they work together before jumping into anything fully committed. These decisions will depend heavily on the type of business process(es) you’d like to take advantage of and what your projected return on investment (ROI) would look like. The last step we need to mention is making the final decision. It will depend entirely on how comfortable you feel with this technology and whether or not it makes sense for your business.

The sky really is the limit!

  • The more you explore and research, the better equipped you’ll be to make a smart choice. The cloud is great for companies of all sizes as well as individuals looking to manage their personal lives from anywhere in the world.
  • The benefits of understanding how it works prior to making any final decisions on transitioning your business into something that will work best with this technology
  • Explore options available right now, understand how they work together before jumping fully committed
  • Make final decision based entirely on comfortability w/technology & whether or not makes sense for company’s overall needs

Entry One:

There are many definitions of “cloud”, but most agree on its four major principles. While these aren’t necessarily definitive, they do provide a basic understanding of what cloud really means when we talk about it in everyday language.

First principle

The user accesses applications or services through thin clients (e.g., web browser) with little / no application coding required.

Second Principle

The application and/or services are hosted on remote infrastructure (e.g., IBM cloud, Microsoft Azure) accessible over the network.

Third Principle

The user accesses applications or services from anywhere with Internet-enabled devices such as tablets, smartphones or laptops.

Fourth Principle

The data is centrally managed within the cloud; users do not install software locally to use these cloud computing services.

Fifth principle

The cloud is a pay-as-you go model. The user pays for resources as they use them rather than upfront capital expenditure on hardware and software licenses.

Sixth principle

Cloud service providers can offer new applications or infrastructures instantly to users, deploy these services across the globe without worrying about geo restrictions, and upgrade their existing systems with no downtime.

Seventh Principle

The provider manages all infrastructure components including networks, servers, storage devices etc. Allow customers to focus more directly on solving business problems instead of managing IT issues.

Eighth principle

Cloud computing enables businesses to maximize utilization rates by sharing resources between multiple organizations (i.e., public clouds). Thus taking advantage of the scale at which cloud environments operate

Ninth Principle

Cloud computing is a business model that enables an entire organization to access technology services over the internet, much like how consumers use applications on their smartphones. The cloud supports this approach because it abstracts the underlying complexity of managing hardware components and software programs. The consumer does not need to know about these complexities or even understand them all she needs to do is open up her app store application

Tenth Principle

The provider uses incremental delivery models for changes in order to maximize agility. By making individual changes available as soon as they are ready rather than requiring all users upgrade simultaneously . With many other service concepts this would be done through product versions but with Cloud Computing typically no new physical infrastructure versions are released at once , just different configurations of existing infrastructure elements


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