Buzzwords, De-buzzed: 10 Other Ways to Say these cloud terms


There are a lot of new technologies developed for business lately. There is a lot of new information to learn, and it gets worse when your job title moves away from the technical side of the company. You may walk into a meeting with a vague understanding of technologies pitched to you. 

Learning the basics of cloud computing and the terms can help you with the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision for your company. Be prepared for your IT team when the time comes to migrate to the cloud. Remove the daunting task of understanding cloud terminology.

Here are ten of the industry buzzwords you may come across. The list here is not a complete list of industry buzzwords. Next, we’ll talk about terms that will help you navigate through an IT meeting and make the best decision for your company


Multi-tenancy is multiple clients on one physical location server sharing resources. Think about apartment buildings, and each subscriber is a tenant. Multi-tenancy is the basic structure of the majority of cloud platforms in the market today. Using consumer products like Dropbox, Drive, or OneDrive are examples of multi-tenancy.

Vertical Cloud: 

Verticals refer to the industry sector. You might remember this from business 101. Vertical clouds are cloud services that are specific to the industry sector. Vertical cloud implementation could be due to factors like compliance or security. Vertical cloud is for industries like finance, insurance, or banking. If you rely heavily on compliance or other factors that are vertical-specific, consider this as an option.

Cloud Portability: 

Cloud portability is the ability to move data and applications from one cloud provider to another. With cloud computing, this becomes simpler and is a significant benefit of migration. With physical servers, you lose this portability, and it takes time and money to migrate.


SaaS is software as a service. SaaS is a cloud-based software application you access and use via the internet. Databases, infrastructure, maintenance, and all other aspects of running the software are handled by a third-party. SaaS creates an ease of use for a subscription fee to the end-user. Examples are Gmail, Outlook, most customer relations managers, Salesforce, etc.

Public Cloud: 

The public cloud refers to the cloud services provider over the open internet. Third-party providers maintain these. Public clouds offer cloud computing to anyone willing to pay for the subscription services to use them. Many providers offer small, free to use packages for consumer use.

External Cloud: 

Third-party cloud outside an organization that can be public or private. All the major companies in cloud computing are considered external cloud providers. If your company decides to work with a company like Amazon AWS or a company that develops cloud infrastructure, you are using external cloud platforms.

Internal Cloud: 

An internal cloud is an organization’s cloud that is maintained by internal IT departments. These are private clouds for the company’s use. 

Utility Computing: 

Utility computing is a fee structure the same as your essential household utilities. Cloud services are on a utility fee schedule. You pay for what you use and can scale or back off as much as you need. Unlike physical servers, the cloud is virtually endless. 

Virtual Private Cloud Network:

Virtual private cloud networks are private clouds that are within a shared or public cloud. VPCs provide a level of privacy and security from other organizations on the same cloud servers.

Cloud Migration:

Cloud migration is the process of moving your data, software, and other applications to a cloud-based server. Cloud migration can be your initial move to a cloud-based platform. The benefit of cloud migration is the ease of the transition. Cloud migration also refers to movement from one cloud platform to another. 


Cloud migration can save your company in IT costs production hours, and physical space by providing an online, scalable, and affordable option for hosting databases and apps. With the basic understanding of cloud terms, you can walk into your IT departments meeting with a grasp on what you need to know to make the right choice.

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