Public cloud providers Definitions

  • C

    cloud automation

    Cloud automation is a broad term that refers to the processes and tools an organization uses to reduce the manual efforts associated with provisioning and managing cloud computing workloads.

  • cloud computing

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

  • 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.

  • D

    DigitalOcean

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

  • E

    Engine Yard

    Engine Yard is a platform as a service (PaaS) provider that automates, configures and deploys applications in the cloud.

  • G

    Google Cloud Dataproc

    Google Cloud Dataproc is a managed service within the Google Cloud Platform for processing large datasets, such as those used in big data initiatives. Dataproc is built on open source platforms including Apache Hadoop, Spark and Pig. The service is primarily used by data scientists, business decision-makers and researchers.

  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

    Google Cloud Platform is a suite of public cloud computing services offered by Google.

  • Google Cloud Storage Coldline

    Google Cloud Storage Coldline is a public cloud cold storage service from Google intended for archiving and disaster recovery.

  • Google Cloud Storage Nearline

    Google Cloud Storage Nearline is a public cloud storage service from Google intended for data archiving, backup and disaster recovery.

  • Google Stackdriver

    Google Stackdriver is a tool that provides application and virtual machine monitoring services for Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.

  • H

    HP Helion (Hewlett-Packard Helion)

    HP Helion (Hewlett-Packard Helion) is the brand name for HP’s custom distribution of OpenStack.

  • 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).

  • IBM SoftLayer

    IBM SoftLayer is a public cloud computing platform that offers a range of services for compute, networking, storage, security and application development. IBM acquired SoftLayer in 2013, and the platform now competes with other public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services.

  • 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.

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