Cloud Series: Definitions Pt 2



This is part two of the Cloud Series. See Part One here.

Part one took a look at “the Cloud” and drew a distinction between the cloud and cloud computing.

The cloud is just a service that is delivered over a network (oh so many of them now). Obviously, all these cloud services run on computers, so one might erroneously conclude this is cloud computing (clearly marketing folks seem to think so).

Where a cloud service describes a service delivered over a network, Cloud Computing describes a way to create a service. Cloud services may or may not utilize cloud computing.

Cloud computing is a fundamentally different approach and architecture to the creation of servers and data center services. This is not to be confused with colos. A colo is a professional data center that rents its space. Consider most businesses rent all their space

Dave Michels