Cloud servers are computing resources made available on a pay-per-use basis by third party providers who own and maintain the resources. To truly be considered "cloud" servers, the resources should be provisionable on demand and allow users a high degree of self-service control, typically through a web portal. Cloud servers are available as raw compute and storage resources (Infrastructure as a Service) or as ready-made platforms for application development and testing (Platform as a Service). Although the term "cloud servers" tends to be associated most closely with IaaS or PaaS, cloud servers also provide the behind-the-scenes infrastructure that enables Software as a Service (SaaS).
Using cloud servers can provide your enterprise a powerful combination of benefits:
The Akamai Intelligent Platform is a global network of specialized cloud servers that accelerate and secure the delivery of web content and web applications on behalf of many of the world's leading brands. By leveraging the more than 216,000 cloud servers that comprise the Akamai Intelligent Platform, content providers and enterprises are able to instantly extend their application performance management infrastructure out to the very edges of the internet.
Akamai's globe-spanning cloud computing architecture supports a rich array of cloud services for our clients, including: