A Glossary of Helpful Cloud Terms and Acronyms

ASAT - Stands for "Airnet Systems Assessment Tool" and was created by Airnet to help customers understand details about their IT infrastructure. 

Azure - Microsoft's cloud computing service, for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.

Backup - The procedure of making copies of data in case the original information is lost. With cloud, it's often done for servers and other VMs that contain business-critical data. 

Business Continuity - A methodology focused on a company or organization's ability to resume delivery of products or services following a catastrophic event.  

Cloud - Internet-based computing providing shared computer processing resources for various tasks.

Cloud Migration - The act of moving from one data center or private virtual machine to the public cloud, or from one cloud to another.  

Disaster Recovery - A security planning area focused on mitigating the effects of a catastrophic data event so as to quickly resume business functions.

Hybrid Cloud - A composition of 2 or more clouds, either private, public or community, which operate as distinct entities but are still connected by certain IT functions.  

Independent Software Vendor (ISV) - An individual or business who creates specialized software for others to sell or resell while retaining ownership rights and update schedules.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - An infrastructure-based solution for managing hardware, software, servers, storage, and other components on behalf of a company's users. Also includes backup, maintenance, and more.

Managed Services - Generally, managed services are services around IT needs where one company contractually hires another to operate some or all of their IT functions, but often dictates wants and needs for that provider to execute certain tasks.

Managed Services Provider (MSP) - Usually refers to a provider of IT Managed Services where a third party vendor manages the primary IT needs of some or all of another organization's IT functions, almost always supported by a contract and service level agreements (SLAs).

Office 365 - Microsoft's suite of productivity tools, based on their Azure cloud platform and sold as a SaaS offering.

On-Premises - Software or hardware installed in a building or location owned and operated by the company or organization using it.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) - A platform and delivery framework that allows customers to develop, run, and manage applications without needing to build complex infrastructure typically required.

Right-Sizing - Optimizing the allocation of resources within a virtual machine environment.  

Single Sign-On - An access control measure where a user can sign in to multiple related but independent software applications using a single ID and password. 

Software as a Service (SaaS) - A software licensing and delivery model where subscriptions are issued and managed or hosted centrally, often using an Internet browser.