February 28, 2018 16:24
Published: July 11, 2016 13:59
In the beginning, or at least the beginning of the cloud as we know it, programs that companies would utilize over the internet were almost exclusively installed on the cloud providers’ personal servers and access by the businesses themselves. This system isn’t used as much today, but there are still a myriad of programs that businesses use that are exclusively controlled by the service provider themselves.
Things like antispam and antivirus software are just a few examples of programs that are usually managed by the provider. Monitoring software, used by the provider to monitor program uptime, connectivity, and stability is also almost exclusively stored on the provider’s servers.
This is a strange one. These services, for lack of a better description, are basically a mix of Managed services (controlled and monitored by the provider…) and SaaS solutions (software solutions stored on an outside server and accessed through a thirdparty network like the ones controlled by Google or Amazon…)
What happens is that the programs that a business would use are stored on a hub of sorts, sort of like the servers featured in a SaaS solution, but not exclusively owned by the company that manufactures that solution. A business would then access the program from outside that hub through any number of different kind of networks, then interacts with them to complete tasks. Some of the implementations of this type of cloud computing include virtual assistants (automatic answering services, virtual secretaries, etc.) expense reporting and travel software. Not an exhaustive list, but those are some of the most common options.
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