On-Demand Self Service

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What Does On-Demand Self Service Mean?

On-demand self service refers to the service provided by cloud computing vendors that enables the provision of cloud resources on demand whenever they are required. In on-demand self service,the user accesses cloud services through an online control panel.

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On-demand self service resource sourcing is a prime feature of most cloud offerings where the user can scale the required infrastructure up to a substantial level without disrupting the host operations.

Techopedia Explains On-Demand Self Service

Cloud computing enables end users to provision computing power, storage, networks and software in a simple and flexible way. Most users begin by using limited resources and increase them over time. On-demand self service methodology authorizes users to request resources on run time. This transition mostly takes place immediately, although it can depend on the architecture and resource availability of the cloud provider.

On-demand self service is also related to utility computing and the pay-as-you-grow subscription method, where rather than pay for the entire production infrastructure, the user is billed only for the amount of resources used under a subscription-based billing method.

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