Cloud services have gained considerable momentum in the past few years with many marketers pushing to benefit from the hype in any way they can. However, some products or services being marketed are not necessarily true cloud offerings. With abundant misleading advertising in the market, how can one determine a true cloud product or service?

 

“When utilising a cloud service, one does not need to deal or talk with a service desk. Direct human interaction is virtually non-existent,” commented Kareem Tawansi, CEO of software development provider, Solentive Software.

“Cloud services use a pay-as-you-go model. This means that you can stop using the service at any time and you are not bound by any contract or licence agreement.

“You do not need to own any infrastructure such as servers or routers when using a cloud service. Cloud services are run entirely through the internet and data is not stored on your servers; they are stored on your vendor’s servers. This also means that you are not required to download any software updates.

“Finally, as cloud services are run entirely through the internet, there is no limitation on where you can use the product or service provided that you are connected to the internet,” concluded Kareem.

Top 5 features of a cloud:

  1. No service desk or direct human interaction.
  2. No contract or licence agreement (pay-as-you-go model).
  3. No infrastructure needed.
  4. No need to download software updates.
  5. No limitation on where you can use the product or service (provided you are connected to the internet).