Everyone today has at least a basic understanding of cloud hosting. However, it rarely goes beyond just the basics. The cloud can be very confusing, and that’s because people do not always understand or agree on the terminology. The cloud has quite a few words and terms that can be easy to confuse. Let’s look at some of the most misunderstood cloud hosting terms in order to see what each of them really means.
Once you have these definitions down, it will make it easier when you are shopping for service, and when you are trying to figure out just what hosting companies are trying to tell you! Now, let’s get started on demystifying these terms.
The term cloud is actually one of the most misunderstood terms, and that’s because people tend to define it in different ways based on what they believe it is. The cloud is actually a network of servers, the nebulous Internet. When using the cloud, your computer communicates with servers online. The cloud is used for hosting applications, as well as for storage.
A cloud app, or a cloud application, is a type of software application that the end user accesses through the Internet rather than downloading it to their computer. Some of the popular examples include Microsoft Office 365 for access to their Office programs, and Adobe Creative Suite.
This term refers to creating backup data on a remote cloud based server. The backup data can be on one or across several different servers. A number of third party providers offer this type of service. When backing up to the cloud, it is possible to access the data from different devices, as long as they have a connection to the web.
This term simply means to store data online. Some of the most common services that offer this option include Google Drive and Dropbox. Again, it’s possible to access this information from most devices that have a connection to the Internet.
This term refers to types of software used within larger organizations as a means to solve large scale problems. Only large businesses will benefit from this type of application.
Hybrid Cloud Storage
This combo of both public and private cloud storage keeps some data – the confidential and critical data – in a private cloud, while the other data is in a public storage cloud.
Infrastructure as a Service
This refers to the infrastructure of a computer offered as a service, such as virtualization. This is for those who want to rent or outsource their server needs rather than having their own server onsite. They often find that it is a cheaper option, as they can have the host bill only on their usage. This means they don’t need to have additional hardware onsite that they never really need to use.
Private cloud storage is very similar to storage used for a company. The only real difference stems from the type of data. It is personal data, and can include files and documents, music, photos, videos, and more.
Software as a Service
Software as a service is a way to deliver software remotely through the web. It can improve functionality for businesses, as they do not have to worry about keeping the software up to date, as all of that happens at the source. It can also be cheaper, as most software companies offer monthly fees for the service based on the number of employees who will be using it. This is often less expensive than the old method of buying licenses for all of the pieces of software.