Cloud computing: Explained in less than 60 seconds

| November 6, 2017

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Cloud Computing may sound like a fancy term, but when broken down, it's not so bad. In fact, we use it every day without realising it. There are 3 types of services that use cloud technology: infrastructure IaaS, platform PaaS, and software Saas.

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