Cloud computing has steadily been climbing in popularity. When the idea was originally introduced, many people were afraid that the cloud could be easily hacked or abused.

That means the company controlling the cloud in use may be able to access other member information within the cloud. Users are unable to access other’s information, but the administrators of the cloud have been under fire in the past for the lack of internal security. Beyond this, there are many different benefits of cloud computing.

One of the main benefits of cloud computing include the lowers costs caused by pooling together resources so that they can be easily distributed. By being able to distribute applications and deploy projects faster, more can be accomplished within a day than ever before.

It also increases cash flow by releasing you of the need to build a server infrastructure for daily use. The savings alone from that will be enough to cover lunch more than once!

The cloud computing experience is completely customizable, including scaling the cloud to the proper proportions. As your projects and applications begin to increase, it is possible to add the necessary space in the form of RAM and CPU capacity whenever the need arises. Thanks to cloud computing, it is possible to buy the perfect amount of computing space for you and/or your company’s needs.

Another key feature and benefit of cloud computing is memory redundancy. In a cloud computing experience, if the main data point from your cloud computing from goes out, a different server in a different location can bring up your server and get the work started once again.

Now that the some of the benefits are clear, here are the four deployment methods, or models, available for cloud computing. According to the NIST definition of cloud computing, the deployment models are, “Private cloud, Community Cloud, Public cloud, and Hybrid Cloud.”

A Private cloud is utilized by a single company or organization that has several stores or distribution centers. It can exist either on or off the company grounds and can be owned by the company or a third party.

A Community cloud is for a specific community of consumers from groups or organizations with shared goals or concerns. Any organization or third party can also own this type of cloud.

Public Clouds are made and organized for public use. It may be owned, managed, and operated by any number of organizations or groups that are public or private.

A Hybrid cloud is exactly what it sounds like, a mix – or hybrid – of the three aforementioned types of cloud computing. The administering parties are different and unique entities that are brought together by technology and mutually beneficial circumstances.

Now that you know a little about cloud computing, including the delivery models and the benefits, you can make a more educated decision on what type of cloud computing experience would be best for you and/or your company.