Cloud computing is growing among businesses, organizations, and governments. According to State Tech Magazine, about 84 percent of Chief Information Officers reduced application costs by moving functions or data to cloud hosting, but migration to the cloud means you’ll need to learn a new technical language.
Here are 25 common terms you’ll hear as your business moves to the cloud.
Often referred to with the abbreviation XaaS, anything-as-a-service is a group of functions or services that are accessed via cloud computing.
2. Cloud App
Software can be run directly from the cloud. Applications or software that aren’t installed directly on the user’s computer, such as Microsoft 365, are cloud apps.
3. Cloud Backup
A cloud backup involves saving data and files to a cloud server rather than a local server or hard drive. Cloud backups protect data in the event of theft, a local disaster, or computer crashes.
4. Cloud Computing
Cloud computing involves using nonlocal resources and servers to get work done.
5. Cloud Database
A cloud database is maintained in a cloud data center rather than a local server or computer, providing some protections and easier access across an enterprise.
6. Cloud Management
Cloud management refers to the act of managing cloud computing and resources.
7. Cloud Provider
A cloud provider is the vendor that provides cloud services, software, or servers for company or individual use.
8. Cloud Storage
Cloud storage involves saving data and files to a cloud server rather than a local server or hard drive.
9. Cloud Testing
As with any technical component, all cloud applications and services should be tested for both load and functionality before being put into use. Testing should also be done regularly for maintenance and any time the system is updated.
10. Enterprise Application
Cloud applications, portals, and network-wide applications that are useful in an enterprise environment.
11. Hybrid Cloud Storage
The use of both private and public cloud storage, often integrated to reduce costs while ensuring security of most sensitive data.
12. IBM Cloud
IBM cloud is an enterprise-class service used to assist organizations in determining if they are ready to migrate to cloud solutions. This also includes strategies for moving to a cloud environment.
13. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Involves delivering infrastructure over the cloud as a service to companies or organizations.
14. Internal Cloud
Internal cloud is another name for private cloud.
15. Mobile Cloud Storage
Mobile cloud storage is created especially for use with mobile devices and is generally accessed via an app.
Multi-tenant situations occur when two or more users share server space on a public cloud. Sharing public cloud space can reduce the costs of storage and other services.
17. Online Backup
Online backups occur when users upload data from a local computer or server to a remote server using Internet or network connections.
18. Personal Cloud Storage
Personal cloud storage provides a user with a private, remote location for storing files and data.
19. Private Cloud
Private cloud solutions of any type are protected by a firewall and are only accessible to an individual or organization or those persons designated by the entity.
20. Public Cloud
Data is kept outside of an enterprise’s data center by a public cloud service. Public cloud services are less secure than private clouds, but there are available measures for protecting information.
21. Red Hat Cloud Computing
Red Hat provides a number of services for hybrid, public, and private cloud systems.
22. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Software can be provided over the cloud as a service, usually on a subscription or licensing model. Examples include QuickBooks accounting software, Microsoft 365, and QuickBase.
23. Software Plus Service
Software plus service involves a software that is loaded onto a computer or local system but is supplemented by online services. For example, Microsoft’s Office Suite is a physical software, but users can access online content such as template, help options, and downloads.
24. Vertical Cloud Computing
Vertical cloud computing optimizes cloud use for a specific industry or business.
25. VMware vCloud Connector
VMware vCloud Connector is a common tool used in integrating hybrid cloud solutions into existing business technical infrastructure.
Many cloud-computing terms have common-sense relationships with their definitions. A public cloud, for example, means data is housed outside of the private network. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on cloud terminology from time to time. As with anything technical, verbiage is likely to change on a frequent basis.