Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and servers, you can access technology services, such as computing power, storage, and databases, on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider.
Organizations of every type, size, and industry are using the cloud for a wide variety of use cases, such as data backup, disaster recovery, email, virtual desktops, software development and testing, big data analytics, and customer-facing web applications. For example, healthcare companies are using the cloud to develop more personalized treatments for patients. Financial services companies are using the cloud to power real-time fraud detection and prevention. And video game makers are using the cloud to deliver online games to millions of players around the world.
The cloud gives you easy access to a broad range of technologies so that you can innovate faster and build nearly anything that you can imagine. You can quickly spin up resources as you need them–from infrastructure services, such as compute, storage, and databases, to Internet of Things, machine learning, data lakes and analytics, and much more.
With cloud computing, you don’t have to over-provision resources up front to handle peak levels of business activity in the future. Instead, you provision the amount of resources that you actually need. You can scale these resources up or down to instantly grow and shrink capacity as your business needs change.
The cloud allows you to trade capital expenses (such as data centers and physical servers) for variable expenses, and only pay for IT as you consume it. Plus, the variable expenses are much lower than what you would pay to do it yourself because of the economies of scale. Penn State provides students and faculty free cloud account and credit. So you can ulitize the university resources.
Penn State Cloud Services provides access to industry leading public cloud computing platforms to enable easy and rapid acquisition, development, and scaling of IT resources. Cloud Services let you focus on developing value-added services and solutions, while reducing the administrative burden associated with purchasing, powering, and maintaining infrastructure.
Penn State University is partnering with Google, Amazon, and Microsoft for their cloud platforms and tools such as Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Penn State has negotiated contracts with these vendors to provide the most business value to the university.
Per request, PSU cloud services will provide free cloud accout and training for basic cloud usage to faculty and students. Visit https://www.cloud.psu.edu/#training for more inforamtion.
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