Cloud Provisioning

What Does Cloud Provisioning Mean?

Cloud provisioning refers to the processes for the deployment and integration of cloud computing services within an enterprise IT infrastructure. This is a broad term that incorporates the policies, procedures and an enterprise’s objective in sourcing cloud services and solutions from a cloud service provider.


Techopedia Explains Cloud Provisioning

Cloud provisioning primarily defines how, what and when an organization will provision cloud services. These services can be internal, public or hybrid cloud products and solutions. There are three different delivery models:

  • Dynamic/On-Demand Provisioning: The customer or requesting application is provided with resources on run time.
  • User Provisioning: The user/customer adds a cloud device or device themselves.
  • Post-Sales/Advanced Provisioning: The customer is provided with the resource upon contract/service signup.

From a provider’s standpoint, cloud provisioning can include the supply and assignment of required cloud resources to the customer. For example, the creation of virtual machines, the allocation of storage capacity and/or granting access to cloud software.


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