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Understand cloud computing terminology with this guide

What is the cloud? Rick Vanover found one of the best collections of definitions for cloud computing terms in a recent Burton Group publication, which is available as a free download.

Regardless of your level of interest, appreciation, or opinion of cloud computing, it is important that we at least agree on what we are talking about. Recently, I came across what I feel to be the most complete definition of cloud computing terms available provided by the Burton Group analyst firm.

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I was first exposed to this resource, which is a free preview for non-Burton Group clients, by Chris Wolf. Chris is a very experienced analyst for Burton Group, which I have had the opportunity to cross circles with in the blogosphere and other technical circles. The piece was written by Drue Reeves at Burton Group.

The Burton Group Cloud Computing Overview document provides definitions for many aspects of cloud computing. I highly recommend that you read this document and pay special attention to the definitions of cloud computing. This is on page 9 of the PDF document that is the free download from Burton Group.

Notable Points from the Burton Group Cloud Computing Overview publication include topics such as a firm definition of cloud computing:

“Burton Group defines cloud computing as: The set of disciplines, technologies, and business models used to render IT capabilities as on-demand services.”

Further, many other key points of research include definitions of cloud terms that may include offerings that you don’t necessarily associate immediately with cloud computing. This includes shared infrastructure, which is typically associated with leased data center space or co-location arrangements.

On-demand technologies are key to the cloud, and the paper provides a good definition of on-demand self-service. It is defined as “… the cloud customer’s (i.e., consumer) ability to purchase and use cloud services as the need arises. In some cases, cloud vendors provide an application programming interface (API) that enables the consumer to programmatically (or automatically through a management application) consume a service.”

Probably the most beneficial set of definitions in the document, however, are the criteria to define a public, private, internal, and external cloud. These key terms are critical to defining cloud requirements for your evaluation, as well as knowing what it is we may have as disagreements. The Cloud Computing Overview document is a free download from the Burton Group Web site. Check the document out and share your comments below on cloud computing definitions.

About

Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

21 comments
buntym
buntym

are there any proper security mechanisms for data in cloud computing....

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I've only had time for the summary and initial analysis so far, but so far this document is well thought-out, well written and informative. I don't see the cloud becoming the "killer app" that many are describing or predicting, but it does have its place in the business world.

b4real
b4real

Guys: This is Burton Group stuff - good stuff. Having to register isn't that bad now is it? Further, are we not able to manage our email with specific addresses for certain things? Goodness.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I want information but I have to give them an email address and I haven't the sense to already have one set up for just such spam-generating occasions. Waaah! It appears common sense is as lacking in IT as it is everywhere else. Sheesh! etu

Greendata
Greendata

I agree also. It's annoying and should not be needed

nospam.online
nospam.online

I really wish there was prior notice on these types of postings. I dont want to have to go to some other website, create an account (adding to spam list) then login to see the topic. There should be notice of this.

b4real
b4real

Yes, it is. I thought it was the best resource I've seen for this emerging space. Burton Group is top-shelf stuff in the IT bar. Of course, this is a freebie -> their thought is that you can get more of this stuff if you were a client of theirs. But, I'll take the freebies!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

They don't have time to fill out the form. Maintaining multiple email accounts is so time-consuming! Even if they don't opt in by checking boxes on the registration page, they might still get an email from these people. How many other excuses did I miss?

slatimer76
slatimer76

YES!! I have a throw away email address at Yahoo, gmail, and hotmail. How hard is it to make a throw away email account you NEVER check for this occasion?? Everyone on this post is acting like its hard to do this, when if they were smart, they would have had it set up YEARS ago. How about we all stop WHINING, and actually talk about the subject in this post, namely what is Cloud Computing.

Tinman57
Tinman57

How else are they going to get spam to you if you don't provide the information? I've been down this road way too many times and finally decided it isn't worth the effort just to get spammed repeatedly by the web site. And some of them actually require that you call or write them snail mail to get off their spam listing.... Also, some of them actually tell you your going to get spammed in the fine print of the download agreement.....

Fuzi0n
Fuzi0n

Thanks but no thanks. Information is NOT free. Therefore these "free" and "complimentary" resources are BS.

beanxyz
beanxyz

I really agree with you

joe.nagel
joe.nagel

Alan, I agree with you 100%.

slatimer76
slatimer76

"Maintaining multiple email accounts is so time-consuming!" Love this excuse, how time consuming is it to never check something and not care??? HAHAHAHAHA

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

and delete everything in sight. Takes all of 20-30 seconds each–a minute or two total. That way I don't have to jump through hoops to re-enable the email addresses every 90 days. etu

colinm
colinm

I agree with the previous points. It is a shame that a company like Techrepublic takes anything to do with this as they must know that anyone who signs up for the report will get spammed for evermore after you input your details. If the report is that good then it should be freely available without having to set up useless accounts that are never going to be used again

b4real
b4real

The information in this free publication is by many accounts viewed as the single best collection of cloud definitions. I have parts of it taped to my desk so I can quickly refer to it daily.

b4real
b4real

On really good content. We are lucky this is a free resource by the way.

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