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There are 2 main types of Cloud Services:
1. Software as a Service (SaaS)
This type of cloud computing delivers a single application through the web-browser (or client) to thousands of customers using a multitenant architecture typically running across multiple servers and datacentres for reliability. On the customer side, it means no upfront investment in servers or software licensing; on the provider side, with just one app to maintain, costs are lower compared to conventional hosting. Salesforce.com is by far the best-known example among enterprise applications, but SaaS is also common for HR apps and has even worked its way up the food chain to ERP and accounting solutions, with players such as Microsoft Dynamics, Xero and MYOB. Most notably, Cloud-based email and document workflow solutions based on Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps have revolutionised the way that businesses can operate effectively.
2. Utility Hosting
The idea is not new, but this form of cloud computing is getting new life from Telstra, Amazon.com, Sun, IBM, and others who now offer storage and virtual servers that IT can access 'on demand'. Early enterprise adopters mainly used utility computing for supplemental, non-mission-critical needs, but today, they commonly replace part or all of traditional in-house servers, for an all-inclusive, low monthly fee.