Types of Cloud Computing and Networks
Cloud computing can be defined as a set of network offerings and technologies enabling IT functions to be delivered via a third party as a real-time service. Cloud computing may provide many IT organizations with the opportunity for substantial cost savings in both CapEx and OpEx by outsourcing certain IT services thereby reducing company-owned hardware and software.
The impact of cloud computing on the physical layer infrastructure depends on whether you are a consumer or provider of cloud services. Cloud services consumers may experience a reduction in the amount of physical layer infrastructure needed due to the reduction in servers and networking hardware required when services are outsourced.
For cloud services providers, an increase in subscription rates may require more servers and networking equipment thus requiring additional physical layer connectivity. This physical layer infrastructure typically must be high-performing to support the demands associated with providing cloud services simultaneously to multiple subscribers.
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Written by James Donovan
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