Q: What is self-service provisioning in cloud computing?

A: Self-service provisioning in cloud computing is enabled by many public cloud providers so that you can pay as you go to use public resources. Enterprises configure self-service provisioning by setting up a user web portal typically with a catalog of cloud computing resources that have been pre-configured for them to use. The backend complexity and accounting is taken care of by central IT.

The popularity of self-service provisioning has gained much momentum because of agile delivery of software and services. DevOps engineers need access to infrastructure on a continuous basis so that a self-service option provides a much faster workflow than having to make requests to central IT service.

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