Are you confused of some of the common Cloud Computing terms and acronyms you came across once is a while? Here is a few list of Cloud Computing terms and acronyms to help you in your quest for knowledge. The descriptions or definitions in this section are just very short and brief.
IaaS – Infrastructure-as-a-Service. See definition here: What is IaaS?
PaaS – Platform-as-a-Service. See definition here: What is PaaS?
SaaS – Software-as-a-Service. See definition here: What is SaaS?
HaaS – Hardware as a service
GaaS – Gaming-as-a-Service, read more about this here
VM – Virtualization Management / Virtual Manager
AWS – Amazon Web Services
Amazon EC2 – Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute
Amazon S3 – Amazon Simple Storage Service
CDN – Content Delivery Network, helps speed up a web site
CSB – Cloud Service Brokerage
CRM – Customer Relationship Management, a widely implemented model for managing a company’s interactions with customers, clients, and sales prospects.
ERM – Enterprise Resource Planning, integrates internal and external management information across an entire organization
Cloud Operating System – These runs the providers center for data
Cloud Storage – it’s a virtual storage where users can save their data on a server
Cloudware – A type of application software that is responsible for running and managing systems
Elastic Cloud Computing – The system automatically distributes the resources to meet the demand
Google Compute Engine – A type of IaaS where users can use the very same infrastructure/system the Google is using. See more details here: What is Google Cloud Compute?
Google App Engine – These service is for developers where they can create and run their applications.
Google Apps – Google Apps offers different productivity service for user.
Private Cloud – A network of cloud computing where the infrastructure is owned and used by a private company
Public Cloud – A network of cloud computing where the infrastructure or service is open to the public for their own use.
Hybrid Cloud – This is somewhere in between Private Cloud and Public Cloud.
Microsoft Azure – This is Microsoft’s cloud service
Pay as you go – A type of subscription or payment option where you just need to pay for the resources that you have used.
VPS – Virtual Private Server, a term used by Internet hosting services to refer to a virtual machine.
VPC – Virtual Private Cloud, a private cloud existing within a shared or public cloud
VPN – Virtual Private Network, a private network that interconnects remote networks through primarily public communication infrastructures such as the Internet.