Cloud Computing Jargon Watch

Cloud computing is everywhere these days. Some folks are still trying to define cloud computing, and others have given up trying. All the while, cloud terminology is extending in new directions. Here’s our first edition of the Cloud Computing Jargon Watch:

  • The InterCloud: As in the Internet, evolved into a connected web of clouds rather than networks. I’d never encountered this term before I heard Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior use it in her session at the Web 2.0 conference. But it appears to have occurred to someone back in 2005, when was registered by a domain speculator.   
  • Content Delivery Cloud: This term was coined by Reuven Cohen at Enomaly, and has been embraced by Pando Networks, which hosts
  • Cloud Networking:  This is the motto for Arista Networks, as explained by its CEO, former Cisco exec Jayshree Ullal. Arista has applied for a trademark for the term, which is made more interesting by the fact that Dell owns the domain, which was registered in 2006.

Got any other examples of new cloudy jargon?

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Netfortius

    An interesting (!) opinion on cloud computing - Oracle's CEO:

  2. I think Joe Wienman's guest post on GigaOm about the Ten Laws of Cloudonomics back in Sept. would qualify to elevate Cloudonomics to jargon. See