cloud glossary

Everything you need to know to become a wizard of the cloud!

Applications

Definition
An application is a software program designed for an end user, and these days, many applications are built on the cloud.
Funny Definition
The things we use to browse the internet, send email, invoice customers, listen to music. Basically everything.

CDN

Definition
A system of distributed servers that deliver web content to a user based on the geographic locations of that user, the origin of the website, and their CDN server.
Funny Definition
A local McDonald's where you can get the same meal regardless of where you are in the world.

Cloud Computing

Definition
Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources—everything from applications to data centers—over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis.
Funny Definition
Getting your vegetables from a grocery store rather than growing them yourself.

Cloud Service Footprint

Definition
A company's cloud service footprint is the map of their cloud services and strategy on the internet.
Funny Definition
A company's cloud service strategy.

Consumer Cloud

Definition
Cloud computing offerings targeted toward individuals for personal use, such as Dropbox or iCloud.
Funny Definition
The cloud for everyone.

Consumption-Based Pricing Model

Definition
This pay-as-you-go model means usage is metered and you pay only for what you consume.
Funny Definition
Paying for what you get.

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)

Definition
An open standard for controlling content and document management systems and repositories using web protocols.
Funny Definition
Zipcodes for the internet.

DDOS Security

Definition
A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overhwlming it from traffic from multiple soures. Think millions of services.
Funny Definition
The bouncer that stops your servers from being attacked from too many requests.

DNS

Definition
Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the internet's equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.
Funny Definition
The internet's phone book.

Data Center

Definition
Data centers are large buildings of networked computer servers stacked very tall that are typically used the remote storage, processing, or distribution of large amounts of data.
Funny Definition
Where data on the internet lives.

Elastic Load Balancing

Definition
ELB is the process of distributing traffic across multiple instances to ensure the performance of an application is stable.
Funny Definition
Working out upper and lower body.

Environments

Definition
Environments are web environments where companies run their applications. Examples are Staging, Testing, or various developer instances for testing new versions of products.
Funny Definition
The places where you do different things - work is the 'work environment', home is a 'home environment'.

Hosted Application

Definition
Business software running on a service provider's infrastructure, rather than at the organization's premises. A hosted application is accessed over the Internet and usually has a web interface.
Funny Definition
A hotel for software.

Hosting

Definition
Hosting providers make their customer's websites available on the internet, which is also known as the world wide web hence the www. that precedes most web addresses.
Funny Definition
The internet's publisher.

Hybrid Cloud

Definition
Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms.
Funny Definition
It's like the Prius. You get the best of a gas and electric car without fully committing to either.

IP Address

Definition
The IP Address is the internet's version of your phone number.
Funny Definition
Like a phone number for your device, only for the internet.

IP Traffic

Definition
This is your internet traffic!
Funny Definition
Where you go online.

Infrastructure

Definition
The physical hardware, transmission media, and software used to interconnect computers and users on the Internet. Includes Internet Servers, Web Servers, Internet Storage, Internet Network Equipment, and Infrastructure Software such as DNS, CDN.
Funny Definition
The roads, highways, side streets, parks, public transportation of the internet.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Definition
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) removes the cost of DIY cloud hardwareto the cloud and provides companies with the needed server hardware at a highly reduced rate, and with no required maintenance
Funny Definition
Using the internet for hardware, instead of your office.

Internet Backbone

Definition
An Internet backbone refers to one of the principal data routes between large, strategically interconnected networks and core routers on the Internet.
Funny Definition
A major highway that connects a city.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Definition
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the growing ecosystem of physical objects that are connected to the internet.
Funny Definition
The phones, tablets and devices you use that connect with the internet.

Network

Definition
Networks are a system of connected data centers and servers that help power websites all over the internet.
Funny Definition
The system that connects everything.

Online Video Platforms (OVP)

Definition
Online Video Platforms (OVP) are platforms for providing live and recorded content on a website.
Funny Definition
Where internet videos live.

Open Source

Definition
Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner.
Funny Definition
The Wikipedia model: everyone can contribute to make stuff better.

Performance Monitoring

Definition
Performance Monitoring is software intending to allow CTO/CIOs to understand how their website and application is handling traffic throughout the day. This includes Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Real User Monitoring (RUM).
Funny Definition
When your website brings home its report card.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Definition
Platform as a service (PaaS) automates the configuration, deployment and ongoing management of applications in the cloud.
Funny Definition
Building and managing applications in the cloud.

Private Cloud

Definition
A private cloud is a particular model of cloud computing that involves a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the specified client can operate. It has all the benefits of Cloud but private.
Funny Definition
The equivalent to flying private.

Provider

Definition
Providers are online service providers or infrastructure providers that Intricately tracks the deployments of.
Funny Definition
Companies and businesses who run applications on this town called Internet.

Public Cloud

Definition
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. It has significant scalabilty advantages to private cloud, but lacks the security requirements of major organizations.
Funny Definition
The open freeway.

SaaS

Definition
SaaS is a form of software that is hosted by the provider and is typically sold through a subscrition. All SaaS companies require cloud intrastructure to survive.
Funny Definition
The reason why you don't have to download a bunch of programs on your computer anymore.

Self Hosted

Definition
When a company builds their own infrastructure to handle their website such as their own servers in the office.
Funny Definition
DIY Hosting.

Telecoms

Definition
A Telecom is a company that provides internet and network access.
Funny Definition
The company that charges you for using your cell (and home?) phone.

Traffic Management

Definition
Traffic Management Providers includes Public, Private Hybrid Cloud Balancing solutions as well as Traditional load balancing solutions. They make sure that everyone using the on your site has a stable connection.
Funny Definition
The bouncers outside your favorite pub on St. Paddies Day.

Vertical Cloud

Definition
A cloud computing environment optimized for use and built around the compliance needs of specialized industries, such as healthcare, financial services, and government operations.
Funny Definition
A cloud built to (your) code.

WAF

Definition
WAF aka web application firewall, is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources.
Funny Definition
The MOAT around your App.

Web Traffic

Definition
Web Traffic is the volume of people reaching any given website.
Funny Definition
A way to measure how popular your site is.

CCMM

Definition
Cloud Computing Maturity Model. Defines five stages of evolution for an enterprise data center to migrate to cloud computing. The five stages are: consolidation, virtualization, automation, utility and cloud.
Funny Definition
Taking the enterprise into warp speed to strange, new worlds.

Cloud Broker (CSB)

Definition
An entity that creates and maintains relationships with multiple cloud service providers. It acts as a liaison between cloud services customers and cloud service providers, selecting the best provider for each customer and monitoring the services.
Funny Definition
Cloud agents who help customers get what they want.

Cloud Bursting

Definition
Cloud bursting is a technique used by hybrid clouds to provide additional resources to private clouds on an as-needed basis. If the private cloud has the processing power to handle its workloads, the hybrid cloud is not used.
Funny Definition
Getting more cloud power when you need it.

Cloud Portability

Definition
The ability to move applications and data from one cloud provider to another.
Funny Definition
Being able to change where you live online.

Cloud Provisioning

Definition
The act of deploying of a company’s cloud computing strategy
Funny Definition
Setting up a new enterprise ship: getting wifi, laser services, operational procedures, holodeck lights, etc.

Cloud Storm

Definition
The art of connecting multiple cloud computing environments. Also called cloud network.
Funny Definition
Local area network party where only clouds are invited.

Digital Transformation

Definition
This is the transformation of current business practices to online and/or cloud based operations.
Funny Definition
Going from using AOL Instant Messenger or Skype to Slack for company messages.

Elastic Resources

Definition
Elastic resources—Scale up or down quickly and easily to meet demand. resource allocation can get bigger or smaller depending on demand
Funny Definition
Sweatpants for your apps.

Middleware

Definition
Software that sits between applications and operating systems, consisting of a set of services that enable interoperability in support of distributed architectures by passing data between applications.
Funny Definition
Your cloud's middleperson.

Multitenance

Definition
The existence of multiple clients sharing resources (services or applications) on distinct physical hardware. Due to the on-demand nature of cloud, most services are multi tenant.
Funny Definition
The cloud version of an apartment building - one building, many tenants.

NoSQL

Definition
A type of database system that can be massively scaled out for cloud use.
Funny Definition
A house that can have as many additions built on as possible.

Scalability

Definition
Scalability is the capability of a system, network, or process to handle a growing amount of work, or its potential to be enlarged in order to accommodate that growth.
Funny Definition
The number of extra belt loops available before Thanksgiving dinner.

Service Migration

Definition
The act of moving from one cloud service or vendor to another
Funny Definition
Changing cloud providers for apps or services.

Utility Computing

Definition
Online computing or storage sold as a metered commercial service in a way similar to a public utility
Funny Definition
The meter maids of the cloud.

Virtual Machine

Definition
A computing node in a cloud, offered by every IaaS cloud provider. A virtual machine is a software-defined computer that can be created, destroyed and (by some providers) scaled up on-demand.
Funny Definition
A custom cloud that can be used just for you and your business.

AWS

Definition
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the largest public cloud computing platform in the world.
Funny Definition
The world's largest cloud computing platform.

Amazon EC2

Definition
Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud Web service, which provides resizable computing capacity in the cloud so developers can enjoy great scalability for building applications.
Funny Definition
A custom rubber band that can stretch for building applications.

Amazon S3

Definition
Amazon Simple Storage Services — Amazon’s cloud storage service.
Funny Definition
Amazon's version of Dropbox or Google Drive, for businesses.

Apache Hadoop

Definition
An open-source software framework for distributed storage and processing of large sets of data.
Funny Definition
A data processing software that's free and used by nearly everyone.

Cloudwars

Definition
Cloudwars is a term coined by Intricately for the market battle between Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to control the public cloud.
Funny Definition
What happens when cloud providers fight.

Docker

Definition
Open-source software that automates the deployment of applications inside virtualized software containers.
Funny Definition
A robot that automatically deploys applications.

Dropbox

Definition
Dropbox is a consumer cloud storage provider.
Funny Definition
Does anybody actually pay for this?

Equinix

Definition
Equnix provides data center and colocation services to companies looking for private Infrastructure systems.
Funny Definition
A custom tailor that builds private infrastructure instead of suits.

Google Cloud

Definition
Google Cloud is Google's version of a public cloud computing platform.
Funny Definition
Google's cloud.

IBM Cloud

Definition
IBM Cloud is IBM's public cloud offering.
Funny Definition
IBM's cloud.

Microsoft Azure

Definition
Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's public cloud computing platform and infrastructure that is competitive with AWS, and Google Cloud.
Funny Definition
Microsoft's answer to AWS and Google Cloud.

OpenStack

Definition
A free and open-source cloud computing software platform used to control pools of processing, storage, and networking resources in a datacenter.
Funny Definition
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iCloud

Definition
iCloud is a consumer facing cloud storage service that leverages Apple's cloud Infrastructure.
Funny Definition
Where your iPhone is when you're not paying attention to it.

Cloud Spend

Definition
The estimated monthly dollar amount spend on a company's cloud infrastructure.
Funny Definition
The Chief Technology Officer's allowance.

Digital Footprint

Definition
A company's cloud service footprint is the map of their cloud services and strategy on the internet.
Funny Definition
A company's virtual secret sauce.

Hostnames

Definition
The hostname is a label for the location where the public can access your website.
Funny Definition
Your website's unique location-based calling card.

Parent Companies

Definition
Parent companies are the largest stakeholder of a group of smaller companies. This is the highest company on their org chart.
Funny Definition
The boss of a bunch of smaller companies.

Real Time Events

Definition
Real time events are Intricately's notifcations of changes to company's deployments of services.
Funny Definition
What we monitor.

SSL

Definition
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.
Funny Definition
A safe for private and confidential data.

Sales Operations

Definition
Sales operations is a set of business activities and processes that help a sales organization run effectively, efficiently and in support of business strategies and objectives
Funny Definition
What your sales team actually does.

Sales Velocity

Definition
Sales Velocity is the time it takes for a new lead to become a closed deal
Funny Definition
How fast leads go from stranger to customer.

Spend Tiers

Definition
Spend tiers are the Intricately designated brackets for the amount of money spent on cloud services.
Funny Definition
Categories that show how much a company spends on the cloud.

Sub Domains

Definition
Sub Domains are extentsions of your domain name that exists before the domain name in the URL
Funny Definition
A whole new version of your site, made by adding a subdomain.

Subsidiaries

Definition
A subsidary is a sub or child company of a larger parent company.
Funny Definition
The companies underneath a larger parent company.

Top Level Domains

Definition
Top Level Domains (TLD) are the endings to websites such as .com, .edu, .gov, etc.
Funny Definition
How your website ends.

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