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  • SPI model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS)

    SPI is an acronym for the most common cloud computing service models, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service.

  • Windows Azure Fabric Controller (FC)

    The Azure Fabric Controller (FC) is the part of the Windows Azure platform that monitors and manages virtual and physical servers and coordinates resources for software applications.

  • Cloud Cover TV Archive

    Cloud Cover TV covers the latest, juiciest and most critical news in the cloud computing market every week.

  • SearchCloudComputing.com Advisory Board

    The SearchCloudComputing.com Advisory Board is populated by top IT personnel, all of whom have a comprehensive knowledge of cloud computing.

  • cloud cartography

    Cloud cartography is a scheme for pinpointing the physical locations of Web servers hosted on a third-party cloud computing service. The goal of cloud cartography is to map the service provider's infrastructure in order to identify where a particular virtual machine (VM) is likely to reside.

  • Back editions: Cloudy with a chance of...

    The staff at SearchCloudComputing.com share their weekly opinions on the latest cloud computing news and updates.

  • The Daily Cloud repository for September

    The September archives of The Daily Cloud feature Amazon cutting prices on its cloud computing services and Rackspace producing an add-on for Windows developers.

  • CloudAV

    CloudAV is a program that combines multiple antivirus applications and scans user files over a network of servers. The program was developed at the University of Michigan.

  • XaaS (anything as a service)

    XaaS is a collective term that stands for a number of things including X as a service, anything as a service or everything as a service. The acronym refers to any of an increasing number of services provided over the Internet that have been traditionally provided locally.

  • Hadoop

    Hadoop is a free, Java-based programming framework that supports the processing of large data sets in a distributed computing environment. It is part of the Apache project sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation.

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  • Migrating applications to the cloud

    Putting the cloud to work can mean migrating existing applications into the cloud, a process that requires careful planning and evaluation. This handbook considers best practices for the migration of applications to be sure that an organization can take advantage of the benefits of the cloud without undermining server and application performance. What are the best ways to determine which applications can and should make the move? How should applications be prepared for migration? And what are the security and hardware considerations involved in taking applications designed to run on-premises and putting them in the cloud? This discussion also will address legacy apps and when it might make sense to rebuild or replace such highly customized applications rather than move them.

  • Shadow IT is in your enterprise -- get over it

    IT departments must embrace shadow IT to stay competitive in the market and attract coveted employees.

  • Data security remains biggest hurdle to public cloud adoption

    Data security remains a top roadblock to public cloud adoption. Quell fears by understanding the risks and objectives in a potential cloud project.

  • Shining the lights on shadow IT in businesses

    Spending on cloud, specifically SaaS, is up -- often behind IT's back. Just because IT doesn't know what's happening doesn't make shadow IT OK.

  • Cloud security, data privacy concerns hinder cloud progress

    The widespread notion that public cloud security isn't good enough for the enterprise is unfounded, Deloitte director Chris Weitz says in this Q&A.

  • shadow IT (shadow information technology)

    Shadow IT is hardware or software that is not supported by an organization's IT department.  The term often carries a negative connotation because it implies the IT department has not approved the technology or doesn’t even know that employees are using it.

  • Real and perceived security threats of cloud computing

    The idea of public and private cloud can be unnerving to risk-averse IT pros. But not all security threats are real, says CSA director Jim Reavis.

  • The reinvention of SaaS

    SaaS has seen its days as the cool kid in the cloud service model come and go. Improved security, performance and SOA may revitalize its reputation.

  • The importance of identity federation in the cloud

    IT shops need to focus on uptime and stability in the cloud to keep a competitive advantage. Identity federation can help maintain technological efficiency and business competency.

  • Will Google IaaS offering add fuel to cloud's price war fire?

    With Google IaaS entering the fray, cloud vendors may need to cut prices further to compete. Is this price war good for the consumer?

  • Why enterprise IT strategy should include an IaaS provider

    Enterprise IT departments should not fear Infrastructure as a Service. Instead, IT pros should embrace the flexibility an IaaS provider offers.

  • Google, IBM, Oracle want piece of big data in the cloud

    Public cloud giants hop onto big data in the cloud with Hadoop/MapReduce integrations.

  • utility storage

    Utility storage is a service model in which a provider makes storage capacity available to an individual, an organization or a business unit on a pay-per-use basis. The utility model is sometimes called metered services or storage on demand.

  • cloud storage SLA

    A cloud storage SLA is a service-level agreement between a cloud storage service provider and a customer that specifies details of the service, usually in quantifiable terms.

  • hybrid IT

    Hybrid IT is an approach to enterprise computing in which an organization provides and manages some information technology (IT) resources in-house but uses cloud-based services for others.

  • cloud computing

    A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour; it is elastic -- a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time; and the service is fully managed by the provider.

  • public cloud

    A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a pay-per-usage model. (Continued)

  • Cloud Industry Forum

    The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) is a cloud computing organization in the United Kingdom (UK) that seeks to promote transparency and security in cloud deployments by creating a Code of Practice for cloud service providers.

  • Fascination with big data, new services shrouds cost-benefit analysis

    Excitement over new technologies can veil cost implications. Big data analytics may be the hot new IT trend, but is it worth the financial investment?

  • accessibility testing

    Accessibility testing is a type of systems testing designed to determine whether individuals with disabilities will be able to use the system in question, which could be software, hardware, or some other type of system.

  • static testing

    Static testing is a software testing method that involves examination of the program's code and its associated documentation but does not require the program be executed.

  • software testing

    Software testing is a method of assessing the functionality of a software program. There are many different types of software testing but the two main categories are dynamic testing and static testing.

  • dynamic testing

    Dynamic testing is a method of assessing the feasibility of a software program by giving input and examining output (I/O). The dynamic method requires that the code be compiled and run.

  • Google, IBM, Oracle want piece of big data in the cloud

    Public cloud giants hop onto big data in the cloud with Hadoop/MapReduce integrations.

  • DevOps

    DevOps is the blending of tasks performed by a company's application development and systems operations teams.