Getting clarity about the Cloud Terminology


In the world of technology is still one of hardest things. How do I translate the solutions to my customers without using all the technological terminology. We all know that the tech industry creates a lot of special terms around solutions and products. Every time a new solution or business model is created a new term is coming along with it. In the world of cloud there is no difference. In order to create some clarity in the chaos of cloud terminology I created a list of the most common terms.

Cloud Terminology

The list below contains a number of different explanations for the terms we hear on daily bases when engaging with software vendors or tech companies.

SaaS (1)

SaaS stands for Software as a Service. This is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet.


Anything as a Service (XaaS) is a term that describes a broad category of services related to cloud computing and remote access. With cloud computing technologies, vendors offer companies different kinds of services over the Web or similar networks

SaaS (2)

Storage as a service (SaaS) is a business model in which a company leases or rents its storage infrastructure to another company or individuals to store data.


Database-as-a-service (DbaaS) is a cloud computing service model that provides users with some form of access to a database without the need for setting up physical hardware, installing software or configuring for performance.


Platform as a Service ( PaaS) is software that facilitates development, deployment and operations for IT. This is done on a private infrastructure or behind a firewall.


Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the Internet


Integration platform as a service (iPaaS). iPaaS is a set of cloud-based tools that enables software engineers to deploy, manage, govern and integrate applications and services. iPaaS is also referred to as cloud-based integration


Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud service. In this service the back-end of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is hosted by a cloud service provider.