Cloud engineering services is the application of engineering principles to cloud computing. It is a systematic approach to the commercialization, standardization, and governance of cloud computing applications. Cloud engineering uses the methods and tools of engineering to conceive, develop, operate, and maintain cloud computing systems. It is the process of designing systems that leverage the power of cloud resources to solve business problems.
Cloud engineering focuses on cloud services, such as Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). It is a multidisciplinary solution that covers different areas such as systems engineering, software engineering, web engineering, performance engineering, information technology (IT) engineering, security engineering, platform engineering, service engineering, risk engineering, and quality engineering.
The core elements of cloud engineering include foundation (for basic concepts), implementation (for building blocks), practice guides (for cloud realization), lifecycle (for end-to-end iteration of cloud development and delivery), and design-time and run-time cloud management (for other diverse situations). Cloud engineering solutions help businesses to gain full benefits of the cloud in terms of reliability, scalability, performance, and security.
Cloud services help enterprises automate the integration, testing, and orchestration of infrastructure. With cloud capabilities, clients can adopt complex architecture, implementation, and operational requirements for cloud-based applications, products, and platforms on public, private, and hybrid environments.
IaaS is a cloud computing model where external cloud vendors provide managed virtualized infrastructure to businesses. IaaS offers functionality that is similar to on-premises infrastructure—with IaaS, companies can outsource storage, servers, data centers, and cloud networking components over the internet. Policy-driven IaaS operations include backup, recovery, monitoring, clustering, internal networking, and website hosting. IaaS providers ensure that their servers, storage, networking firewalls, security solutions, and physical data centers are properly maintained. Key players in the IaaS space include Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, GoGrid, Rackspace,GFT Cloud Services and DigitalOcean.
In PaaS, cloud service providers deliver computing resources along with cloud software and hardware infrastructure components to develop and test applications. Cloud users can install and host data sets, development tools, and business analytics applications, as well as build and preserve necessary hardware. Key players of the PaaS segment are Bluemix, CloudBees, Salesforce.com, Google App Engine, Heroku, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, SAP, and OpenShift.
SaaS is a balanced blend of IaaS and PaaS in which the cloud vendor provides an entire software suite according to a pay-per-use model. SaaS users can easily access software applications over the internet. Key examples of SaaS are Microsoft Office 360, AppDynamics, Adobe Creative Cloud, Google G Suite, Zoho, Salesforce, Marketo, Oracle CRM, Pardot Marketing Automation, and SAP Business By Design.
Today’s businesses are evolving rapidly to take on the challenges posed by dynamic and digitalized markets. With cloud engineering services, these enterprises will have the solutions they need to boost profitability and maximize productivity.