What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery

of IT resources via the internet,

with pay-as-you-go pricing.

Instead of buying, owning and maintaining

physical data centers and servers

you can access technology services,

such as computing power, storage and databases,

on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider

like Amazon Web Services.

Organizations of every type, size and industry

are using the cloud for a wide variety of use cases,

such as data backup, disaster recovery,

email, virtual desktops,

software development and testing,

big data analytics,

and customer facing web applications.

For example, health care companies

are using the cloud to develop

more personalized treatments for patients.

Financial services companies

are using the cloud to power

real-time fraud detection and prevention.

And video game makers are using the cloud

to deliver online games to millions of players

around the world.

With cloud computing your business

can become more agile,

reduce costs, instantly scale,

and deploy globally in minutes.

Cloud computing gives you instance access

to a broad range of technologies

so you can innovate faster

and build nearly anything you can imagine,

from infrastructure services

such as compute, storage and databases,

to Internet of Things, machine learning,

data analytics, and much more.

You can deploy technology services

in a matter of minutes

and get from idea to implementation

several orders of magnitude faster than before.

This gives you the freedom to experiment

and test new ideas to differentiate

customer experiences and transform your business,

such as adding machine learning

and intelligence to your applications

in order to personalize experiences

for your customers and improve their engagement.

You don't need to make large,

upfront investments in hardware

and overpay for capacity you don't use.

Instead you can trade capital expense

for variable expense

and only pay for IT as you consume it.

With cloud computing you access resources

from the cloud in real time as they're needed.

You can scale these resources up and down

to grow or shrink capacity instantly

as your business needs change.

Cloud computing also makes it easy to expand

to new regions and deploy globally in minutes.

For example, Amazon Web Services

has infrastructure all over the world

so you're able to deploy your application

in multiple physical locations in just a few clicks.

Putting applications in closer proximity

to end users reduces latency

and improves their experience.

No matter your location, size or industry,

the cloud frees you from managing infrastructure

and data centers so you can focus

on what matter most to your business.