Cloud computing Definitions

  • A

    automated provisioning

    Automated provisioning is the ability to deploy an information technology or telecommunications service by using predefined procedures that are carried out electronically without requiring human intervention.

  • C

    Cisco Cloud Builder

    Cisco Cloud Builder is one of three tracks within the Cisco Cloud Partner Program. The other two tracks of the program are Cloud Provider and Cloud Services Reseller.

  • cloud adaptor

    A cloud adaptor is a software utility that controls the transfer of information between local back office systems and a cloud provider.

  • cloud aggregator

    A cloud aggregator is a type of cloud broker that packages and integrates multiple cloud computing services into one or more composite services.

  • cloud broker

    A cloud broker is a third-party individual or business that acts as an intermediary between the purchaser of a cloud computing service and the sellers of that service.  

  • cloud ecosystem

    A cloud ecosystem is a complex system of interdependent components that all work together to enable cloud services.

  • cloud marketplace

    A cloud marketplace is an online storefront, operated by a cloud provider, through which customers may subscribe to Software as a Service (SaaS) applications that are built on, integrate with or complement the cloud provider's main infrastructure, platform or software service.

  • cloud portability

    Cloud portability is the ability to move applications and data from one cloud computing environment to another with minimal disruption.

  • cloud provider API

    A cloud provider API is an application program interface that allows the end user to interact with a cloud provider's service. 

  • cloud provisioning

    Cloud provisioning is the allocation of a cloud provider's resources and services to a customer.

  • cloud service provider (cloud provider)

    A cloud service provider, or CSP, is a company that offers some component of cloud computing -- typically infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) -- to other businesses or individuals.

  • cloud services

    Cloud services is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of resources provided over the internet, or to professional services that support the deployment of such cloud-based resources.

  • cloud services reseller

    A cloud services reseller is a middleman who facilitates commerce between a cloud service provider and the marketplace.

  • computing arbitrage

    Computing arbitrage is a cloud services business model in which a company purchases computing resources -- typically a large block of bandwidth – at wholesale rates and offers it in smaller packages, with a greater cumulative value, to other companies.

  • E

    EMC cloud architect certification (EMCCA)

    EMC Cloud Architect Certification (EMCCA) is a certification and training offering by storage vendor EMC on high-level cloud architecture and design concepts.

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