Skandia Team GBR

Monday, February 01, 2010

Stop Talking Fluffy Cloud Crap!

Awesome "How to talk about cloud sensibly" document from NIST:

NIST Definition of Cloud Computing v15

The key elements to me are (a) Moving focus away from “cloud” and more to what it delivers, (b) Definition of Models and (c) Simplicity! I’ve summarised these below, but please go read the 2 page-document:


  • On-Demand Self-Service
  • Broad Network Access
  • Resource Pooling
  • Rapid Elasticity
  • Measured Service

Service Models:

  • Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Deployment Models:

  • Private Cloud
  • Community Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud

The document doesn’t seek to define how these are implemented but does create a wonderfully simple common ground so we can stop talking "fluffy clouds” and start talking about what our clients need in a clear and concise language!

Go Read Today!

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