There are different ways to classify cloud hosting. Depending on how you categorize it, you can arrange the types of cloud hosting into 4 categories or you can have as many as 13 different types of cloud hosting. I’m going to arrange cloud hosting into 4 types of services.

  • Public Cloud – A public cloud is hosting your applications, software and hardware in a location other than their own physical property.
  • Private Cloud – When you host all your computing infrastructure yourself and is not shared.
  • Hybrid Cloud – You host your most important applications on your own servers to keep them more secure and secondary applications elsewhere.
  • Community Cloud – A community cloud is shared between organizations with a common goal or that fit into a specific community. It could be a professional community, geographic community or some other well-defined community group.

The different modes or methods of cloud hosting can fit into any of these types of cloud hosting solutions. For instance, software as a service could be on a public cloud, private cloud, hybrid or community cloud.