How to decipher cloud computing jargon

How to decipher cloud computing jargon

The rising use of the cloud among various organisations across the UK appears to suggest that many firms are becoming increasingly comfortable with adopting such technology. While this might not present a great number of issues for IT staff, there are a some terms that may cause confusion among those outside the technology department.

This may include an organisation's key decision maker, so it is important that everyone gets to grips with some of the key terms associated with the cloud.


This means virtual private cloud, a term that describes a system that is used to separate your infrastructure, platform and applications in a secure virtual network that is defined by the user. This is likely to host a number of relevant apps that are key in the day-to-day running of the business, including security software, sales and inventory and online storage.

Load Balancing

This term mainly refers to a system used to distribute website traffic across multiple instances.

Instead of relying on one single server, incoming requests are balanced across a whole range of servers. This helps to improve the performance and availability of your site.


Saas, or 'software-as-a-service', is a software distribution model, where applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider, before being made available to end-users over a network, usually the internet.


Infrastructure-as-a-service is a model where service providers offer pieces of IT resources, such as servers, storage or network components, to customers on a pay-as-you-go model.

The equipment used by the customer is owned by the service provider, which also takes responsibility for housing and maintenance of such technology.


Platform-as-a-service is the term used to describe a model where service providers offer fully functioning networks, servers, and other pieces of hardware used for storage. Clients using this service will often pay for whatever they have used.