In the previous article in this three-part series about the Cloud, we explored and debunked some of the myths that surround it, many of which created stigma around its capabilities. In this article we will explore some of the jargon used by professionals when referring to the Cloud, in the process hopefully helping you to understand all the terminology entailed in future conversations so that you can more easily determine what is the right course of action for your organization. Once having learnt the jargon you will know how revolutionary the Cloud really can be.
The technical jargon explained
IaaS – Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Infrastructure-as-a-Service is computing framework that is provided over the internet. If choosing IaaS your chosen provider will supply and manage the infrastructure that your software resides on, on a subscription basis. If you decide that you want IaaS it is highly recommended that you involve a professional IT specialist in the process of buying, installing, configuring, and managing it – it is not easy to understand and it needs to be done right to ensure you are using the Cloud both as productively as possible and – more importantly – as securely as you can too.
SaaS – Software-as-a-Service
Software-as-a-service is the delivery of applications, the storage of data within those applications and – dependent on your provider – the security and back-up of that data too, which is applied all over the internet as a contractually paid service. SaaS is very common – some of the most popular include Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, and Zoho One CRM. With SaaS you are free from the stress and difficult processes involved in managing your software and hardware; not only are these tasks stressful but, for the less technically able, they can be very time-consuming difficult tasks to complete.
A Cloud Application is the software you access online instead of installing and accessing it on individual computers. Using a Cloud Application will save you time and money in the process.
Cloud storage is very self-explanatory – it is a storage facility. The sole aim of Cloud Storage is to eradicate the large storage and management requirements necessary for individual computers and servers, which can make them clunky and hard to manage (not to mention the security issues surrounding them). When your data is ‘saved to the Cloud’ it means that your data is stored in remote servers and is now available to be accessed from multiple devices (as long as those individuals have the right access permissions). This allows for your remote working team and staff in the office to have easy access to all the necessary data needed to complete their jobs.
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