What is a Cloud Provider?

Definition of Cloud Provider

Cloud provider is referred to a company that provision cloud computing based services and solutions to businesses and/or individuals. It is an IT service organization that provides rented and managed hardware, software, infrastructure and other essential cloud-based remote IT resources. It might also be related to the managed service provider (MSP), but the later usually provide other Managed IT solutions as well.

Brief Description of Cloud Provider

Cloud provider is a type of IT service provider that differs from standard IT service providers. It provides  IT resources on monthly or pay-per-usage basis than selling the. All IT resources are provisioned and accessed via the internet under an on-demand subscription billing model.

Depending upon the business model, Cloud Provider can provide various different solutions such as;

  1. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): This can include virtual /cloud servers,  storage, and desktops.
  2. Software as a service (SaaS): Delivery of simple to complex software through the internet.
  3. Platform as a service(PaaS): Combination of both delivered as a unified service.

Moreover, it can be classified as public, private, hybrid cloud and community cloud provider.

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