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Will The Cloud Ever Stop Being The Cloud?

Will The Cloud Ever Stop Being The Cloud?

Cloud computing wasn’t always cloud computing. Depending on who you ask, first it was either time sharing or grid computing. Strangely, nobody actually claims to know how cloud computing got its name. To this day, no one claims credit for coining the phrase. (Maybe I shouldn’t have said that…)

The phrase “cloud computing” is rather poetic for a field that’s not known for its literary devices. It’s certainly not typical of utilitarian terms like social networking, Internet, voice over IP, and distributed computing.Perhaps that’s why marketing pros love it so much — and why it grates on so many old-school IT pros.

Cloud computing may be here to stay, but I do still hold out hope that “as-a-service” will go the way of the dodo. How I hate that term. Recently, I’ve seen such monstrosities as TEaaS (test environment as a service) and SECaas (security as a service). (You really have to be careful about saying that last one fast).

It’s possible my yearning for aaS’s demise may not be wishful thinking: Lately, I’ve seen more and more companies shying away from terms like DaaS and storage-as-a-service and using ones instead like hosted desktop and online storage. I can only pray the trend continues.

But what do you think? Let us know here. It’s a super-short four question survey on cloud computing jargon. As an incentive, we’ll randomly select one respondent for a bit of free publicity in an upcoming CloudTweaks Newsletter.

By Robert Shaw

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Robert Shaw was an early entrant into the cloud computing sector, working as a consultant for Accenture on server virtualization and software-as-a-service migration. He has also been a technical editor for eHow and other web properties and still provides local IT consulting services.