What is / are cloud applications?
First, let’s start with the definition of cloud. There are lots of differing opinions on this, but basically it boils down to 2 aspects.
If the service is… 1. On the Internet and 2. Distributed (and therefore highly available/ available all the time) then we can consider it to be ‘On The Cloud‘ / Cloud based. Or in other words, a service which runs online (take your pick as to what type of service) and has no single point of failure.
Breaking this down further, we know that a website is on the Internet. A website also requires the following attributes of distribution:
A website is pretty much a combination of these things:
- Domain name: You need a domain name so that there’s actually a way of getting to your website.
- Website files: The files of your website are your code, images, css, etc.
- Database: The database is where your user logins or shopping basket items are stored (drives the website and stores data)
- Something to serve it over the network (Internet), the webserver: The actual hardware and software combo which makes it all happen.
So, is a Website cloud based? Yes!
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What Type of Application Can I have Cloud Based?
See the list below for possible cloud application solutions (not a complete list of possibilities).
- Asset Management
- Business Intelligence
- Business Process Management
- Community Site Services
- Content Management
- Customer Relationship Management
- Dispatch Management
- Document Management
- eCommerce eLearning
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- Expense Management
- Help Desk Management
- Human Resource Management (HRM)
- IT/Application Management
- Knowledge Management
- Manufacturing Solutions
- Marketing Payroll
- Portfolio Management
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
- Professional Services Automation (PSA)
- Project Management
- Salesforce Automation (SFA)
- Service Desk Management
- Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- Survey Solutions
- Transportation and Logistics
- Web Analytics