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Top 10 Ten Cloud Computing Terms You Should Know

Oct. 16, 2017
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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.


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