You might already know what cloud computing is, and you might already be implementing it into your business, but are you able to have a conversation about it? The lingo surrounding this newer technology can be a bit, well, cloudy. Here are just some of the terms we keep hearing as cloud computing spreads from organization to organization.
1. Pay as you go: A cost model for cloud services that does not require up-front payment for hardware and software.
2. Private cloud: Services offered over a confidential network to only select users.
3. Public cloud: Services available to anyone who wants to purchase the service over the Internet.
4. On-demand service: Customer purchases cloud services as needed.
5. Cloud provider: An organization that provides a cloud-based platform, infrastructure, application, or storage services to others.
6. Consumption-based: A pricing model where the service provider charges the customer based on the amount of the service the customer consumes instead of time.
7. Middleware: Software that provides a service to help pass data between applications.
8. SaaS: "Software as a service" is a cloud application service that allows applications to be delivered over the Internet by the provider.
9. External cloud: Cloud services where a fee is usually charged for use and is sometimes customized.
10. Internal cloud: A private cloud service provided or created by your IT department that can be completely customized to fit the company's needs.