Everyone is talking about ‘the cloud’ but what is the cloud exactly? The cloud is just a new way of meaning the internet. Cloud based phone systems mean that your phone service that is delivered through the Internet. A cloud PBX system is a based on cloud computing technology, where data is stored and transferred over the Internet, rather than on a computer or piece of hardware that an end-user owns.
This new computing technology comes with it’s own set of vocabulary and definitions. To enable you to understand what the cloud and cloud-based VoIP can do for you, here is V1 VoIP’s guide to the cloud and the most common terms associated with the cloud.
Anything-as-a-Service: Also known as XaaS where the ‘x’ can stand for anything, refers to the growing diversity of services available over the Internet via cloud computing as opposed to being provided locally, or on premises.
Cloud Backup: As a form of cloud storage, cloud backup data is stored in and accessible from multiple distributed and connected resources that comprise a cloud or a remote, cloud-based server.
Cloud Bursting: Cloud bursting combines the best features of a private and public cloud. When an application is initiated, it’ll first run in a private cloud. If the server is too busy, the application will switch over so it can open in a public cloud.
Cloud Database: A database accessible to clients from the cloud and delivered to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud database provider’s servers. Also referred to as Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), cloud databases can use cloud computing to achieve optimized scaling, high availability, multi-tenancy and effective resource allocation.
Cloud Portability: In cloud terminology, the phrase “cloud portability” means the ability to move applications and its associated data between one cloud provider and another — or between public and private cloud environments.
Consumption-Based Pricing Model: This term refers to what a consumption-based pricing model might be, which is obtained from observing the types of cloud services that customers are signing up for.
Elastic Computing: Elastic computing refers to a company’s capacity to add to or reduce a variety of computing resources, including things like storage space and memory.
Eucalyptus: An open source cloud computing and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform for enabling private clouds.
Hybrid Cloud: A hybrid cloud is the perfect solution for a company that wants to have some security measures in place, yet want the information stored in a call to the easily accessed by employees and/or stay.
Middleware: This software acts as a mediator between applications and a company’s OS, exchanging data between the two so that the applications are able to properly unite.
Private Cloud: A private cloud refers to a cloud that’s created to only exist within the company’s phone system. This means that the data held inside the cloud can only be accessed by said company.
Public Cloud: A public cloud refers to a cloud that is shared among many different companies. Although not as secure as a private cloud, the majority of businesses are finding that a public cloud is effectively meeting their needs.
SaaS, BDaaS, IaaS: These 3 acronyms stand for Software-as-a-Service, Big-Data-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. These 3 technical terms refer to services that provide the support necessary for cloud computing to take place.
Vendor Lock-In: The term vendor lock-in refers to the situation in which a vendor isn’t able to change their providers, which can be due to a number of reasons.