IaaS cloud deployment Definitions

  • C

    cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet.

  • cloud infrastructure

    Cloud infrastructure refers to the hardware and software -- such as servers, storage and virtualization software -- required to support cloud computing.

  • cloud management

    Cloud management is the exercise of administrative control over public, private and hybrid clouds. A well-implemented cloud management strategy enables users to maintain control over these dynamic and scalable cloud computing environments.

  • cloud sprawl

    Cloud sprawl is the uncontrolled proliferation of cloud instances, services or providers that are used by an enterprise. It is typically caused when an organization lacks visibility into and control over its cloud computing environment.

  • cloudlet

    A cloudlet is a small-scale data center or cluster of computers designed to quickly provide cloud computing services to mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, within close geographical proximity.

  • D

    DigitalOcean

    DigitalOcean is an Infrastructure as a Service provider for software developers.

  • dynamic infrastructure

    Dynamic infrastructure refers to a collection of data center resources, such as compute, networking and storage, that can automatically provision and adjust itself as workload demands change.

  • G

    G-cloud (government cloud)

    G-Cloud, or Government Cloud Computing, is a U.K. government program aiming for government-wide adoption of cloud computing.

  • H

    hybrid cloud

    A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally.

  • I

    IBM Bluemix

    IBM Bluemix is a cloud computing platform from IBM that offers both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the internet.

  • M

    Microsoft Azure (Windows Azure)

    Microsoft Azure continues to improve as it seeks to take the number one spot for cloud provider away from Amazon Web Services.

  • multi-cloud strategy

    A multi-cloud strategy refers to the use of two or more cloud computing services.

  • N

    noisy neighbor (cloud computing performance)

    Noisy neighbor is a phrase used to describe a cloud computing infrastructure co-tenant that monopolizes bandwidth, disk I/O, CPU and other resources, and can negatively affect other users' cloud performance.

  • P

    public cloud

    A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as virtual machines (VMs), applications or storage, available to the general public over the internet.

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