Cloud based services are services or resources that are made available on demand through the internet from the cloud service provider’s servers. This allows for access to these services through a browser or other web based means as opposed to the services or software being installed on the device that you are using. In it’s simplest form, cloud computing and services can be most clearly defined as the virtualization and central management of data and resources. Generally the services are offered on a subscription basis under some sort of monthly billing process. This helps support the server and network infrastructure, without requiring large licensing fees up front. For many companies and managers, utilizing these cloud based services allows their companies and organizations access their services without the trouble of maintaining or upgrading those services. Many of these cloud services have become synonymous with offerings such as software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).
Cloud services for business enables companies and small businesses to deploy the different types of cloud services. Many IT consulting firms will offer these services to help their clients integrate cloud based technology to improve their company and streamline processes. Within a business, cloud services for business could include application rationalization, deployment, private and public cloud integration, ongoing management and many others.