The IT industry loves the cloud, but despite enthusiasm among professionals, it seems the general public have been left baffled by this increasingly popular buzzword. In fact, they don’t even know what the cloud is when they’re using it – despite the popularity of services such as iTunes and Gmail, the vast majority of people don’t know they are powered by the cloud. So is it time the IT sector ditched one of its favourite buzzwords to ensure the public know how things work? Read on to find out the full extent of the public’s ignorance about cloud.
computing providers offer their services according to three fundamental models:
infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software
as a service (SaaS) where IaaS is the most basic and each higher model
abstracts from the details of the lower models. Here is a nice visual
representation that I got from the Wikipedia entry for IaaS.
January 15th 2013 saw
the first stage of Oracle’s global CloudWorld tour kick off in Jumereiah, Dubai, with the first event
attracting more than 1,500 IT and business decision makers from across the
Eastern Europe, Middle East and African regions to learn about and discuss the
latest developments and trends in cloud computing technology.