20 Cloud Computing Terms You Should Know

20 Cloud Computing Terms You Should Know

May 09

Here are the key terms you need to know about public, private, and hybrid cloud: 


Cloud Computing Terms To Know

Business Continuity

Business continuity is the function of your business following a human-made disaster, data breach, natural disaster, or other catastrophic event. In order to protect your business from these events, it’s important to have a business continuity plan in place. 

CI/CD Pipeline

Often an important function of DevOps and DevSecOps, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) is the ongoing testing, integration, and deployment of applications. 

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the act of using cloud environments to collect, store, manage, optimize, and evaluate data. 

Cloud Engineering

Cloud engineering is the action of implementing and maintaining an organization’s cloud computing. At Evoque, Foghorn Consulting is our cloud engineering arm, delivering digital transformations for enterprises worldwide. 

Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud infrastructure is the total of all components included in the hardware and software of the cloud. No matter what environments your organization utilizes in its cloud strategy, the basis of the infrastructure is similar. 

Cloud Migration

Cloud migration is an organization’s experience of moving their data needs to cloud computing. For example, this might be a migration from a fully on-premises data strategy to a hybrid cloud strategy with both cloud and colocation environments


Containerization is the use of containers to deploy applications by decoupling infrastructure dependencies from the application. They enable a microservice application architecture and can load substantially faster to improve the user experience on any infrastructure. 


Development and IT operations (DevOps) teams are often responsible for ensuring the functionality and improvements of your organization’s software and other products. 


Development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) is similar to DevOps, however it has a focus on security as well. DevSecOps ensures security is built-in throughout your organization’s day-to-day operations. 

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud solutions involve running applications across multiple environments, including public cloud, private cloud, colocation, or on-premises. 

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is cloud computing service that provides your organization with an infrastructure as you need it. 


A multi-cloud strategy involves saving and using data in different clouds, such as private and public clouds. A multicloud strategy gives organizations more control over their workloads, backups, and budgets, creating a more customizable approach to data management and delivery.

Multi-Generational Infrastructureᵀᴹ

We realize the demands of business evolve, and we believe your infrastructure should be able to as well. Multi-Generational Infrastructure (MGI) is a new, application-first approach to workload design that helps protect and optimize deployments today and maximize infrastructure choice. 

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud service that is similar to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), however PaaS provides your organization with cloud computing hardware and software in addition to the other services. 

Point-to-Point Security

Created by the PCI Security Standards Council, point to point encryption (P2PE) is a security system that’s implemented to encrypt and secure communications within an organization. 

Private Cloud

Private cloud solutions feature an infrastructure and network that are dedicated to a single organization, providing more control over the environment, which is often preferred by high compliance industries. 

Public Cloud

Public cloud solutions are available to anyone via the public internet. These options are secure, affordable, easily scalable, and reliable. However, they offer little customization. 

Site Reliability

Site reliability is the process of ensuring that the infrastructure you manage is effectively working and updating processes as necessary. This is often carried out by a site reliability engineer.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Similar to IaaS and PaaS, Software as a Service (SaaS) is the most inclusive of the three, with the provider managing the hardware, software, data, applications, and more. 


SpendAgility™ is a flexible contract feature that allows users to shift their spend from colocaiton to colocation in a different location, cloud engineering/ consulting and cloud connectivity. 


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