Cloud computing architecture is how cloud computing is designed to work. The components and subcomponents of cloud computing is the architecture. Basically, a cloud computer consists of a front end platform and a back end. The front end is made up of a mobile device, a thin client or a fat client. The back end entails the cloud, which is the storage and servers. These two principal platforms are connected via a network and a cloud based delivery system.
Normally, an application is used to enable clients interact with the cloud data storage. The application is also known as the middleware accessed though a virtual session or a web browser. Each component of the cloud computing architecture has its own use. When these uses are combined, a cloud system is able to run smoothly.
This is also known as the ultra-thin client. It is a device that runs through the network. It mainly prompts the network to gather necessary configuration files which show it where the operating system binary files are stored. The zero client is a crucial element in the cloud computing architecture because it is deemed useless once the network is down.
It is a device designed to be too small to handle work hence it is handled in the server. It is a delivery system. The processing of functions takes place in the server. The thin client therefore heavily relies on the servers and network to access applications. For a thin client to perform, an internal network is required. There always has to be connectivity for this type of client to function.
This component of cloud computing architecture is also referred to as thick client or heavy client. It is a computer that runs its own operating system, storage and can comfortably execute applications. There is a variety of thick-client enablers but Microsoft is the primary enabler. This same company suppliers majority of personal computer with an OS and applications in the market. Unlike thin clients which are in the front end of cloud computing, thick clients are the center.
This is a virtual storage in the network. The cloud does not need any hardware, for example a hard disk, in order to store data. The storage is accessible to all clients. However, to guarantee privacy, there are different configurations of the cloud that one can choose from. These are community cloud, private cloud and public cloud. You can also decide to use the three combined. This is referred to as the hybrid cloud.
This system comprises of different services. They are:
a) Development as a service (DaaS)
These are community shared development tools based in the web. This is similar to installed development tools in a non-cloud computing system.
b) Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
This is virtual as opposed to hardware in a non-cloud computing system. It consists of storage, servers, system management and networks all existing in a virtual place.
c) Software as a service (SaaS)
Software is installed in the cloud, allowing everyone connected in the network to use the same software.
d) Platform as a service (PaaS)
Users get databases and application platforms as a service.
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