Glossary of Terms

Amazon AWS
Amazon Web Services (AWS), a collection of remote computing services, also called web services, make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon.com. These services operate from 11 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Amazon S3. Amazon markets these products as a service to provide large computing-capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.
Application Dev.
Applications developed and hosted on the cloud.
Backup Online
Backup Online is a method of offsite data storage in which files, folders, or the entire contents of a hard drive are regularly backed up on the cloud instead of local servers.
Cloudstack
CloudStack is an open source cloud computing framework for creating, managing, and deploying infrastructure cloud services. It uses existing hypervisors such as KVM, VMware vSphere, and XenServer/XCP for virtualization. Benefits of CloudStack versus Vmware are several, it's free, the deployment is really smooth consisting of only one VM running the CloudStack Management Server and another to act as the actual cloud infrastructure, it does constantly get better at fast pace and the scale of storage is independent of compute.
Colocation
A colocation (also spelled co-location, collocation, colo, or coloc) is a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware. Typically, a colo provides the building, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security while the customer provides servers and storage.
Connectivity
It refers mainly to Internet connectivity or broadband services for businesses.
CRM
Stands for Customer Relationship Management. At its simplest, a CRM system allows businesses to manage business relationships and the data and information associated with them. With CRM, you can store customer and prospect contact information, accounts, leads and sales opportunities in one central location, ideally in the cloud so the information is accessible by many, in real time.
DaaS
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud service in which the back-end of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is hosted by a cloud service provider.
Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery is the area of security planning that deals with protecting an organization from the effects of significant negative events. Providers listed in Cloud Tango typically offer cloud-based disaster recovery options.
Domain Hosting
Domain hosting refers to businesses that specialize in hosting domain names for individuals and companies. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages.
E-commerce
e-commerce providers enable businesses with platforms that allow for purchase and sale of goods and/or services via electronic channels such as the Internet.
Email Security
Email security is a priority for all businesses, with the growing threat of hackers, viruses spam, phishing and identity theft, as well as the need to secure business information. Other Email security options are Email Encryption and DLP.
ERP
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business management software - typically a suite of integrated applications - that a company can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities, including: product planning, cost, manufacturing or service delivery, marketing and sales.
Google Apps
Google Apps for Work (formerly Google Apps for Business) is a suite of cloud computing productivity and collaboration software tools and software offered on a subscription basis by Google. It includes Google's popular web applications including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Calendar and Google Docs.
Hosted Exchange
Hosted Exchange is a service whereby a provider makes a Microsoft Exchange solution and space available on a server so its clients can host their data on the server. The provider manages the hosted data of its clients on the server.
IaaS
As with all cloud computing services Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides access to computing resource in a virtualised environment, “the Cloud”, across a public connection, usually the internet. In the case of IaaS the computing resource provided is specifically that of virtualised hardware, in other words, computing infrastructure. IaaS is one of the three fundamental service models of cloud computing alongside Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Identity Management
Identity management is a term that refers broadly to the administration of individual identities within a system, such as a company, a network or even a country. In enterprise IT, identity management is about establishing and managing the roles and access privileges of individual network users.
IT Consulting
An IT consultant works in partnership with clients, advising them how to use information technology in order to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. They work to improve the structure and efficiency of IT systems in various organisations.
IT Security
Information Technology Security, also known as IT Security, is the process of implementing measures and systems designed to securely protect and safeguard information.
Managed IT
Managed services are the practice of outsourcing day-to-day management responsibilities and functions as a strategic method for improving operations and cutting expenses. This can include outsourcing HR-activities, production support and lifecycle build/maintenance activities.
Office 365
Office 365. "Office 365" refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home.
OpenStack
OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. OpenStack by itself is not a product; it is an independent, non-profit foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to provide an umbrella trademark and a governance structure for several open source software projects, licensed under Apache 2.0. In this sense it is very similar to the Apache Foundation. OpenStack is open source, openly designed, openly developed by an open community. Although being an open source project, it is supported by established vendors such as IBM, HP, Rackspace, Dell and Red Hat.
PaaS
A category of cloud computing that provides a platform and environment to allow developers to build applications and services over the internet. PaaS (Platform as a Service) are hosted in the cloud and accessed by users simply via their web browser.
Private Cloud
A private cloud is a particular model of cloud computing that involves a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the specified client can operate. As with other cloud models, private clouds will provide computing power as a service within a virtualised environment using an underlying pool of physical computing resource. However, under the private cloud model, the cloud (the pool of resource) is only accessible by a single organisation providing that organisation with greater control and privacy.
SaaS
SaaS, or Software as a Service, describes any cloud service where consumers are able to access software applications over the internet. The applications are hosted in “the cloud” and can be used for a wide range of tasks for both individuals and organisations.
Server Hosting
Server hosting refers to offsite management and upkeep of hardware resources that are designated for a company's use. By paying a monthly fee to a hosting service, companies can reap the benefits of having a full IT infrastructure without all the cost associated with equipment maintenance, training and updates.
Storage
Cloud storage is a model of data storage where the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spans multiple servers (and often locations), and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company.
Virtualization
In computing, virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including (but not limited to) a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources.
VoIP
Voice over IP (VoIP) is a methodology and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. Other terms commonly associated with VoIP are IP telephony, Internet telephony, broadband telephony, and broadband phone service.
VPS
VPS hosting is a Virtual Private Server, and is a virtualized server. A VPS hosting environment mimics a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. It is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting.
Web Hosting
Web Hosting is the service providing space and developing environments on the Internet for websites.