Microsoft Azure

Cloud Definitions

So everyone is talking about Cloud Computing, does Cloud Computing necessary mean that you run your applications or systems in Amazon AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure or any other known cloud you know of?

 The short answer is NO, Cloud Computing is a model build on of characteristics, Service Models and Deployment Models om a combination. 

Cloud Computing Characteristics

  • Self-Service
  • Broad Network Access
  • Resource Pooling
  • Rapid elasticity
  • Measure service

Service Models

  • SaaS
  • PaaS
  • IaaS

Deployment Model

  • Private Cloud
  • Community Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud


NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has written a great definition of Cloud Computing you can read up on on this link.

NIST Cloud Definition (PDF)