The term cloud business refers to the business model that uses or sells cloud computing services to generate revenue. Generally, a cloud business is associated with service providers and data centres. However, a large number of businesses are now delivering their products and services through a cloud infrastructure of all types – private, public, or hybrid clouds. As a result, there can be other businesses apart from cloud providers that derive their revenue from the cloud, such as cloud service brokerage, cloud marketplaces, and vendors that sell specialised solutions that rely on or used in cloud computing.
Points to Remember
- From the perspective of cloud service providers, cloud business has three service delivery models that are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).
- Businesses that use a cloud computing infrastructure only for their internal IT needs cannot be considered a cloud business.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM, Google, Adobe, Oracle, and Rackspace are a few examples of cloud businesses.