Sean Feeney
Architect of the digital age

What is a cloud?

23 July 2015

(As in cloud computing…)

Cloudwashing is rampant these days. Just about any managed service provider will tell you their offering is a cloud offering. But what defines a cloud?

The definitive source on the topic is the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST for short. They define the following essential characteristics of a cloud:

I encourage you to score your potential providers along these characteristics before making commitments. They should be true regardless of the service model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS).

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