Cloud computing Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing cloud computing and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • C

    CloudCheckr

    CloudCheckr is a vendor that provides a cloud management platform intended to give an organization more control over and visibility into its cloud computing costs, performance and security.

  • CloudHealth Technologies

    CloudHealth Technologies is a provider of hybrid cloud management software that's designed to help an organization increase its visibility into and across public and private cloud infrastructure.

  • 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.

  • CloudVelox

    CloudVelox is a software provider that offers migration and disaster recovery tools for cloud computing environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS). CloudVelox's software is intended to minimize the manual processes typically required to migrate applications and data to the public cloud.

  • community cloud

    A community cloud is a multi-tenant infrastructure that is shared among several organizations from a specific group with common computing concerns.

  • D

    data residency

    Data residency is a concept that refers to the physical location of information, as well as the local regulations imposed on that information based on where it resides.

  • 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.

  • E

    Engine Yard

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

  • European Cloud Computing Strategy (ECCS)

    The European Cloud Computing Strategy (ECCS) is an initiative established by the European Commission to promote the adoption of cloud computing services.

  • G

    G-Cloud (Government Cloud)

    Government Cloud, also referred to as G-Cloud, is a U.K. government program to promote government-wide adoption of cloud computing.

  • 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 Functions

    Google Cloud Functions is a serverless, event-driven computing service within Google Cloud Platform.

  • 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.

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