Cloud Service Provider definition & meaning
A cloud service provider is a third-party company that offers services such as software, storage, databases, networking, analytics, and even infrastructure. It provides a cloud-based platform, infrastructure, application, or storage services. Depending on the delivery model of cloud computing services, there are IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS providers in the cloud industry. AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud are some of the major cloud providers.
Cloud providers also can be changed depending on deployment models of cloud computing. Their differentiation is based on the cloud infrastructure`s location and how and by whom it is managed and owned. Public, private, community, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud are the most common cloud computing deployment models. Therefore, it is also possible to see companies as public cloud or private cloud providers and more.