9 Major Characteristics of Cloud Computing

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Features of Cloud Computing - 9 Major Characteristics of Cloud Computing

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is gaining more and more popularity day by day. The reason behind this is the gradual growth of the companies which are in need of the place to store their data. Therefore, companies are in competition to provide large space to store data along with the various features and quality service. It has been found that cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access the computing resources. There are many services and features of cloud computing.

Features of Cloud Computing - 9 Major Characteristics of Cloud Computing

Following are the characteristics of Cloud Computing:

  1. Great Availability of Resources
  2. On-demand Self-service
  3. Easy Maintenance
  4. Large Network Access
  5. Availability
  6. Automatic System
  7. Economical
  8. Security
  9. Pay as you go

Great Availability of Resources

This service is made to serve multiple customers and this is done with the help of the multi-tenant model. There are many physical and virtual resources provided which can modify as per the customer’s demand. We can say that the customer doesn’t have the knowledge that where the data is stored and even they don’t have the control over it.

Features of Cloud Computing - 9 Major Characteristics of Cloud Computing

On-Demand Self-Service

It is one of the important and valuable features of cloud computing as the user can continuously monitor the server uptime, capabilities, and allotted network storage. With this feature, the user can also monitor the computing capabilities.

Easy Maintenance

The servers are easily maintained and the downtime is very low; in some cases, there is no downtime. The cloud computing comes up with an update every time by gradually making it better. The updates are more compatible with the devices and perform faster than older ones along with the bugs which are fixed.

Large Network Access

The user can access the data of the cloud or upload the data to the cloud from anywhere just with the help of a device and an internet connection. These capabilities are available all over the network and accessed with the help of internet.

Features of Cloud Computing - 9 Major Characteristics of Cloud Computing


The capabilities of the cloud can be modified as needed and can extend a lot. It analyzes the storage usage and allows the user to buy extra storage if needed for a very small amount. This service is available anytime and can be accessed from anywhere.

Features of Cloud Computing - 9 Major Characteristics of Cloud Computing


Cloud computing automatically analyzes the data needed and supports a metering capability at some level of services. This usage can monitor, control, and report, providing transparency for the host as well as the customer.


It is the one-time investment as the company (host) has to buy the storage and a small part of it can provide to the many companies which save the host from monthly or yearly costs only the amount which spends on the basic maintenance and few more expenses.


This is one of the best features of cloud computing. It creates a snapshot of the data stored so that the data may not get lost even if one of the server damages. The data stores within the storage devices which cannot hack and utilize by any other person. The storage service is quick and reliable which can access from anywhere just with the help of a device and internet connection.


In cloud computing, the user has to pay only for the service or the space they have utilized. There is no hidden or extra charge which is to be paid. The service is economical and most of the time some space allows for free.

Additional Information

IT is the company who maintains the servers, maintains the crashing of the server and takes care of it. The company also buys the software and the licenses for the operation of their business. All these things maintain by the monthly fee which they are expecting from the firms they are serving. They are so much focused on providing quality service as if they fail to do so they will be behind in the competition. This web-based platform can only access through the internet.


Cloud Computing has numerous amounts of benefits which are helping both hosts as well as the customer. A host consists of various benefits too which benefit the customers. There are myriads of security feature which is a positive point along with it the access time is very low and one can easily upload and download data quickly. The company nowadays is in great need of the data storage facility and the Big Data companies provide them very easily.

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