Cloud Computing and Cooking
Cloud Computing has been a buzz word over the Internet for quite sometime now. More and more web-services worldwide are now either adopting to some cloud platform, or bringing in their own cloud service. Yes, the cloud is getting bigger and bigger.
Majority of discussions on Cloud Computing classify the services as one of the primary trends. But this methodology seems inefficient considering the variations evolved from the primary trends. Here’s an explanation.
Primarily there are three types of cloud computing trends…
1) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): A cloud service that provides total or majority of the infrastructure necessary to host a Web application. This mostly includes scalable hardware and bandwidth.
2) Software as a Service (SaaS): This would be a software application hosted on a remote server, with a multi-tenant architecture. The UI is mostly accessible on the browser.
3) Platform as a Service (PaaS): A cloud service that has its own independent platform on which applications are designed based on the SDK.
Considering an existent Cloud Service such as Microsoft’s Windows Azure, classifying it as a single trend is actually not feasible. As Azure consist of sufficient features to enroll itself as an IaaS with its flexible storage, bandwidth and processing of applications stored on Microsoft’s very own datacenters and also considering the Azure platform and its SDK, we can classify it as a PaaS.
“Looking at the current scenario it is obvious that the upcoming Cloud Services will be more of a mix of all trends. We can eventually conclude that building a cloud service will be more like cooking. Adding flavours of various trends into one single service…”
Taking a brief view at the demands of Web-applications, there is no constant. Each and every web-application has a unique requirement. Infact most web-developers subscribe to multiple cloud services to host their application based on the features. A well cooked cloud cloud service would be a relief to such developers who eat in several plates.
What do you think will be the best cloud recipe? Post your feedbacks and suggestions as comments. I would love to publish your ideas as well!