What is the difference between data center and cloud?
A Data center can be defined as a facility which incorporates components such as servers, communication media and data storage facilities. Along with this it also contains various components which are essential to run a data center like power supply, backup systems, redundant communication connection, HVAC systems, security devices etc. It’s an on-premise hardware solution where all the resources are locally present at access which is typically run and maintained by in-house.
On the other hand, a Cloud is a virtual infrastructure that is accessed or delivered with a local network or accessing the remote location through internet. The cloud services can be accessed on-demand whenever the user requires on a pay per use basis or a dedicated resource, this model is known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Within this environment, the user can access computing resources, networking services and storage which the users can access on-demand without any requirement of physical infrastructure. It is an Off-premise form of computing which can be accessed from the internet, it’s maintenance and updates is maintained and controlled by the third-party.
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