Cloud Application Services

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:

  1. Domain name: You need a domain name so that there’s actually a way of getting to your website.
  2. Website files: The files of your website are your code, images, css, etc.
  3. Database: The database is where your user logins or shopping basket items are stored (drives the website and stores data)
  4. 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!

See the infographic for more statistic related information!

cloud index


What Type of Application Can I have Cloud Based?

Absolutely any!

See the list below for possible cloud application solutions (not a complete list of possibilities).

  • Accounting/Financial
  • Asset Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Process Management
  • Community Site Services
  • Collaboration
  • 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
  • Procurement

  • 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

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