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What Terms Me On, Cloud Computing Lingo?

What Terms Me On, Cloud Computing Lingo?

Cloud computing is all the rage, but knowing what you’re talking about and knowing what you’re talking about are too different things. Here is a quick list of common Cloud computing terms.

Advertising-based pricing model

Low cost or no cost services. The costs are covered through ads that are sent along to the costumer.

Amazon EC2

Amazon cloud computer service

Amazon S3

Amazon storage services

CDN

Content delivery network, multiple computers forming a large network. The network is setup so data can be shared easily across it.

Cloud

This is the main one on the list, a metaphor for a large scale global network.

Cloud broker

A person or business, that maintains relationships over multiple cloud service providers. They are the go between for the providers and the users.

Cloud operating system

Made to run and providers center for data. Example of this is Google Chrome

Cloud Oriented Architecture

Applications serve other applications inside a cloud environment

Cloud Portability

Moving applications and data between different cloud providers

Cloud Storage

Users can save data over the internet to a cloud storage provider or other third party

Cloudsourcing

IT is replaced with cloud services

Cloudstorming

Multiple cloud environments all connected together

Cloudware

Application software that enables running and managing of systems

Cluster

Linked computers working together in the form of a single computer

Consumption-based pricing model

Service provider, charges based on the amount of serviced used, not on a base fee.

Customer self-service

End users (customers) can manage their own services and terminate them as well.

Disruptive technology

Improved products and services that unexpected change how the cloud computing market preforms.

Elastic computing

Memory and storage that can stretch to meet demand

External cloud

Third party cloud service that is either public or private

Google App Engine

For developers to create and run web applications

Google Apps

Heart and soul to Google apps, offers productivity services

Hass

Hardware as a service

Hosted Application

Application software that runs by remote server

Hybrid cloud

Multiple integrated networking environments

laaS

Infrastructure as a service

IBM Smart Business

IBM’s cloud computing service.

Internal cloud

Private cloud service in the users own IT department

Mashup

Applications that are web based from multiple sources

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft’s cloud service

Middleware

Middle of both applications and operating systems, software that runs both

On-demand service

Think Netflix, click the button and you can use it service

PaaS

Platform as a service

Pay as you go

Subsription and consumption models, no long term contracts or extra fees

Private cloud

Private network cloud computing system

Public cloud

Same as above just public

SaaS

Software as a service

Service migration

Moving from one provider to another

Service provider

Who you choose to go with that offers you the cloud computing service

SLA

Service level agreement, the fine print to any contract you sign

Subscription

Paying monthly fees for a set amount and type of use

Utility computing

Metered storage usesage

Vendor lock-in

This is difficulty in migrating from one cloud provider to another

Vertical cloud

Common term for over all cloud computing

Virtual private data center

Shared services of both data and storage

VPC

Virtual private cloud

Windows Live Services

Consumer applications over windows live networks

By Emma Joseph

(Note: This is a fairly basic list of some of the more popular terms. If you have any additional terms that you’d like to add, please feel free to include them in the comment section)

2 Responses to What Terms Me On, Cloud Computing Lingo?

  1. Here I would like to list few of them that you have missed. 
    Hosted Virtual Desktop(HVDI)
    Cloud Back up disaster Recover 
    XaaS (Anything as a Service)
    Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS)
    Identity as a Service (IDaaS)
    monitoring as a service (MaaS)

  2. @AlfredWinston
    Great compilation of terms. These will certainly help non-techie persons in understanding and demystifying the basic cloud jargon and to take informed decisions.
     

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