Cloud Services: Types & Examples

Instructor: Stephen Perkins

Stephen is a technology and electronics expert who has a passion for the work that he does.

Cloud services are changing the way we do business and playing a vital role in the way companies operate. This lesson will discuss the three primary cloud service types, some examples, and why they are helpful in the world of business today.

Cloud Services for Business

There once was a time when we relied on local programs and local storage devices for daily operations in the business world. We now live in a time where we can utilize the power of the cloud. The cloud provides easy to use, online services such as application access, file storage, data security, and the ability to operate wherever there is an active network connection. Using a cloud-based service is the way forward for many companies since it can provide the flexibility they need. It challenges the very idea of what we thought was possible in the workforce, and it continues to prove useful for a wide variety of reasons.

Just about any device can make use of cloud computing.
Just about any device can make use of cloud computing.

Types of Cloud Services


A public cloud service is a third-party service that provides functions and features over the internet. Some public services offer limited functionality for free, but most charge their users based on specific parameters for the premium features. Some benefits include reducing on-site company resources, having access to the latest technologies, implementing a pay-per-usage model, and not having to maintain everything by themselves. A potential drawback would be from a security standpoint since the company would not be directly in control of their data. Some companies might prefer to execute the work onsite since some specific data might contain delicate information. Two well-known public cloud service providers include Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.


A private cloud service operates internally through the data center of the company itself. This means a private business can get many of the same benefits as a public based cloud service while restricting direct access to only their internal users. Having more control gives these businesses the flexibility they need to tailor their experience to specific company needs. This level of control can be seen as a potential disadvantage, however, since the company would then need a larger on-site IT team to manage these things. Two well-known private cloud services include Hewlett Packard Enterprise and VMware.


A hybrid cloud service is a mix of a public and a private cloud services into one package deal. A hybrid cloud allows businesses to have their own IT team internally manage part of the services while the other part is managed at an off-site location. This allows a business to effectively leverage the power of public cloud computing while having the stricter controls of a private cloud. The benefits may be excellent, but there are a few things to consider about this type of cloud service. The public service could potentially introduce security risks and connectivity issues. The private service makes the environment more complicated and creates a need to have an on-site IT team to manage everything. Google, Amazon, and VMware are all big players in the hybrid cloud services market.

The three cloud service types all have their own advantages and disadvantages.
The three cloud service types all have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits of Using Cloud Services


Since cloud services operate through an internet connection from nearly all devices, teams can collaborate from any location in the world. There is no extra software to download, and everything works effortlessly. These teams can then upload files and exchange notes in real-time rather than having to exchange emails.

Company Growth

When it comes to operating a business, there is always one unknown variable we can never predict: how busy things will get. As a company grows, so does demand, but the resources they need continually varies. Using a cloud service allows us to allocate only the required number of resources needed in real-time, taking out the guesswork.

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