Cloud Computing…Let’s Get A Handle On The Lingo

by Tina Peppers - President & Founder - Domina Technology Solutions on February 17, 2010 · 3 comments

Cloud computing is the biggest trend in computing among all sizes of business, today. There is not a day that goes by that you don’t see Cloud Computing in a blog or headline. Every article I read has new “buzzwords” or a new acronym someone has coined. To help our P&C Insurance SMB clients make sense of the flurry of acronyms (even when you are dealing with other software products provider), we are defining common terms that are closely coupled with Cloud Computing.

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  • SaaS (Software as a Service) – is delivering software over the Internet. Sometimes you will hear SaaS referred to as On-demand software. Simply, any business application accessed from the web from anywhere on the web.
  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) – is delivering under the hood hardware with software infrastructure as a service such as Storage and Servers with accompanying backup and redundancy plumbing.
  • Solution Stack – is a set of software subsystems or components needed to deliver a fully functional solution, product or service.
  • Vertical Cloud – A cloud-computing environment optimized for use in one industry or vertical market.
  • Private Cloud – A cloud computing-like environment within the boundaries of an organization and typically for its exclusive use.
  • Hybrid Cloud – A computing environment combining both private (internal) and public cloud computing environments.
  • Cloud Provider – An organization that makes a cloud-computing environment available to others, such as a public cloud.

More important than cloud computing terminology are cloud attributes. Listed here are attributes that describe the Cloud environment and a short explanation of the attribute.

  • Elasticity: The ability for the Cloud to expand or shrink on demand. For example, if you need an additional 10 gigabytes of storage, you should be able to grow my cloud storage with little to no effort.
  • Scalability: The ability to handle growth and increase resources in a simple manner. A perfect sample is year end processing. If you need more processing power to complete year-end processing, You should be able to quickly increase your processing power.
  • Security: Being able to secure the data in the cloud and how the cloud is being accessed.
  • Utility: The ability to be charged for the amount of resources used. Pay As You Go, only paying for what you use, like a utility bill.
  • Accessibility: Accessibility to access your data through established API (application protocol interface). This will allow you to programmatically share data from different applications in the cloud.
  • Availability and Reliability: The platforms and infrastructure must be available and reliable. A Cloud solution does not work if it not available.

The Cloud Ecosystem is bursting at the seams with new players each day, some familiar names that we know and new arrivals. It is important to review the solution and see what cloud attributes are present in the solutions and how your business can take full advantage of the Cloud offering.

Do you have questions about specific cloud functions or products? Let us know and we will be glad to respond.

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