What is the role of cloud infrastructure in cloud computing?
Cloud infrastructure underpins cloud computing by disaggregating the functions and features of those hardware and software components. Then, a cloud service provider or information technology (IT) department in the case of private cloud hosts those virtualized resources and delivers them to users over the internet or a network. These resources include virtual machines (VMs) and components, such as servers, memory, network switches, firewalls, load balancers and storage. These resources often support extensive and task-specific services, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
What are the components of a cloud infrastructure?
In a cloud computing architecture, cloud infrastructure refers to the back-end technology elements found within most enterprise data centers servers, persistent storage and networking equipment but on a much greater scale. Some large cloud providers, including hyperscale cloud companies, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, form partnerships with vendors to design custom infrastructure components that are optimized for specific needs, such as power efficiency or workloads that include big data and AI.