Guest post by Winifred Powers, Solutions Architect

Are your vendors or coworkers rambling about concepts that don’t seem to jive with what your definition of cloud is? Or is it the other way around? Although we’ve been discussing this service delivery platform known as the ‘Cloud’ for years, it still means different things to different people. Out of context some of the words used to describe various characteristics and technologies of cloud computing, start to sound like the trailer for a sci-fi Hollywood thriller – elastic, disruptive, rapid, hybrid, burstable, Enterprise, VPC, CDN, on and on. Cloud terminology is becoming more familiar and the gap between the sages and the newbies is narrowing.

Consider the term Cloudburst. Without a definition the term could be interrupted two ways – dynamic deployment of a software application that runs on internal compute resources to a public cloud to address a spike in demand (positive) or failure of a cloud computing environment due to the inability to handle a spike in demand (negative).

What do you think?  Is cloud terminology more familiar than you think and on its way into the dictionary, and this is Ripe, or will this tech lingo fade away over time and this is Hype?

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