A Beginner’s Guide To Cloud Computing

By: Bruce G. Kreeger


Access computing services – like servers, storage, networking, software – over the internet (“the cloud”) from a provider like Linode.

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence, and more – over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically only pay for the cloud services you use, helping lower operating costs, run infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change. Clarity is now a proud Linode Solutions Provider. As such we can handle your order for all the products and services offered by Linode. Call Clarity today to see what Clarity and Linode can do for your cloud solutions.

Top Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. Here are six common reasons organizations turn to the cloud:


Cloud computing eliminates the capital expenditures and resources needed to run and manage your own infrastructure. The cost of hardware, software, utilities, and on-site management of servers adds up fast.


Most cloud computing services are provided self-service and on demand. Even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few clicks, giving businesses plenty of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.

Global Scale

Cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources. For example, choosing computing power, storage, bandwidth right when it’s needed, and from the right geographic location.


On-site data centers typically require heavy “racking and stacking” hardware setup, software patching, and other time-consuming IT management duties. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks so IT teams can work towards more important business goals.


Cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centers that use the latest generation of computing hardware. This global network provides your application’s users with the reduced network latency they have come to expect. As your user base shifts geographically, your cloud infrastructure can too.


Cloud providers typically offer a broad set of policies, technologies, and controls that strengthen your overall security posture. These tools protect your data, apps, users, and infrastructure from potential threats.

Types of Cloud Computing

Not all clouds are the same and not one type of cloud computing is right for everyone. Several different models, types, and services have evolved to help offer the right solution for your needs. First, you need to determine the type of cloud deployment, or cloud computing architecture, that your cloud services will be implemented on. There are four different ways to deploy cloud services: on a public cloud, private cloud, multi-cloud, or hybrid-cloud.

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