Here at Waterford Technologies we are often asked about our products being “cloud enabled”.
The problem with that question is that it means different things to different people. What people tend to forget is that we have all been using cloud solutions for years! “Google” anyone?
Right now we’re in the middle of a paradigm shift, and everybody wants to be part of the action. That means that almost every provider is picking up whatever they’ve got and re-branding it as “The Cloud”.
Often, this is the same old software that they’ve always offered but now hosted on the internet somewhere or the same old outsourcing services but just relabeled with cloud branding.
Doing a Google search doesn’t help you much either! You’ll find at least 27 different definitions of Cloud Computing, and an awful lot of confusing diagrams and jargon.
We think a proper definition of the topic would probably be a good thing, but sadly they all use more jargon and technical terms than you can shake a stick at.
The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has a draft definition (yes, it’s only a draft so far) definition of cloud computing which is the best you’ll find at the moment.
NIST Definition of Cloud Computing:
“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
If you’re still feeling a little bit overwhelmed by all things cloud and what it all mean, check out this great slide show I found recently. I find that it helps explain the cloud in very simple terms and thought I would share it with you.