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What are the characteristics of cloud computing?

Theodore Kelechukwu Onyejiaku

Cloud computing, in simple terms, means the delivery of ITInformation Technology services over the internet. These services can be storage, servers, networks, security, AI, etc.

There are some major characteristics that make cloud computing preferable to traditional computing. These characteristics make cloud computing one of the fastest-growing industries. And companies are now adopting cloud computing due to its many benefits.

The main characteristics of cloud computing are listed below.

  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Auto-scaling
  • Serverless
  • On-demand self-service
  • Resource pooling
  • Broad network access
  • Security
Characteristics of Cloud Computing

Pay-as-you-go

With cloud computing, you don’t have to sign long-term contracts. You pay only for what you use, the duration of your use. You can pay in minutes, hours, or seconds.

Auto-scaling

Because of customer use of resources, which may change at any point in time, your computing resources also scale accordingly and automatically.

Serverless

The management of hardware resources that is integral to traditional methods of computing is not done by you. Your cloud provider will handle that. In other words, your cloud provider provides you with the server. Your duty is to upload your code, and they execute it. This way, the whole process looks serverless.

On-demand self-services

With cloud computing, you are able to administer your computing resources. You are able to provide, monitor, and manage computing resources as you want.

Resource pooling

This characteristic prevents resources by cloud providers from becoming dormant. Resource pooling means that resources are shared to serve multiple clients at one time.

Broad network access

The client can access the cloud data or transfer data to the cloud from any place with just a device and an internet connection at any time.

Security

Security is one other important characteristic of cloud computing. Data security, physical security, security from natural disasters, etc. is assured.

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