In cloud computing, provisioning refers to the process and techniques used for delivering and integrating cloud computing services into the IT infrastructure of an organisation. Provisioning is one of the core features of cloud computing, that enables cloud service providers to efficiently allocate their services and resources to their consumers. Cloud provisioning also consists of various policies and procedures that determine how, when and what services are to be provisioned. Among all its benefits, scalability is the most common advantage of cloud provisioning.

Points to Remember

  • There are three types of cloud provisioning models. These models are categorised based on the services and resources purchased by an organisation, method and time of delivering these services and how the payments are made by the customer.
    • Advanced provisioning also known as post-sales provisioning requires a contract to be signed before delivery.
    • Dynamic or On-Demand provisioning allows delivery as per the requirement.
    • User provisioning/self-provisioning involves buying services from a cloud provider using a web portal.