Cloud Services Explained – Tutorial for Beginners


You’re welcome to learn more about cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. It can be difficult to comprehend the technical aspects of these solutions. Let’s begin by visualizing them in a simpler way. Imagine you have just built a house, and now you need electricity to power it. There are two options. You can either generate your electricity yourself or purchase electricity from a utility company. You will need to spend a lot of money, space and effort to build and maintain your power source(s), if you choose to generate your electricity.

It’s possible to get solar panels or a windmill, but what happens if the weather isn’t cooperating? What happens if the windmill fails? What if you have a huge party and suddenly require a lot of electricity to power all the strobe lights or fog machines? You could buy a larger windmill or install more solar panels. But this will likely cost you more time and money than it is worth. You can also buy electricity from a power provider.

The power company guarantees that you have enough energy to meet your needs for a monthly charge. You pay more if you turn on the lights late or crank up the air conditioner, or host a party. You pay less if you are out of town because you use less electricity. It is reliable, flexible, and convenient. AWS is a cloud service platform that works in the same way as a power company. In the past, companies used to own and maintain their infrastructure and equipment for their IT requirements.

The IT department maintained onsite items such as switches, fans, servers, and many other cables. However, IT equipment can be expensive. It is easy to get outdated. You need to hire someone or a whole team! It is necessary to maintain everything. If a cat meme you created for your company suddenly becomes viral, it’s possible that your entire infrastructure will be overwhelmed and your chances of spreading the word about cats are lost. Like the windmill in your backyard.

This can lead to unreliable results, high costs, and time-consuming. Either you don’t have enough resources to meet your needs, or you are buying too much, which can lead to over-utilization of expensive, inefficient resources. AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are perfect for this situation. As a power company, they are equipped with the necessary resources and infrastructure to offer on-demand IT infrastructure via cloud computing. You can find huge warehouses across the globe filled with servers, storage and databases)

AWS allows you to quickly scale resources and get everything your company needs. AWS allows businesses to access unlimited resources almost immediately and only pay what they use. Amazon maintains and owns the network-connected hardware necessary for these services. Customers can then provision and use what they require via a web app. Easy, right? Many companies have specialists who optimize, design, and manage AWS resources.

These network architects assess the company’s needs (such as security, web traffic patterns and data storage) and then configure AWS resources to optimize the company’s cloud computing budget. Lucid chart is used to map network infrastructure. Instead of trying to figure out how to modify or visualize a system’s working using AWS console (which looks a lot like this), network architects can import their infrastructure into Lucidchart and then draw how their AWS instance is configured. There you have it. This is a quick and very basic overview of cloud computing, as well as how it applies to Lucidchart.

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