The organizational unit of Amazon that provides a variety of cloud services. AWS operates from 11 physical locations across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Content delivery network (CDN)
A distributed system consisting of servers in discrete physical locations, configured in a way that clients can access the server closest to them on the network, thereby improving speeds.
A metaphor for a global network, first used in reference to the telephone network and now commonly used to represent the internet.
The ability to move applications and data from one cloud provider to another. See also Vendor lock-in.
A company that provides cloud-based platform, infrastructure, application, or storage services to other organizations and/or individuals, usually for a fee.
Replacing traditional IT operations with lower-cost, outsourced cloud services.
A service that allows customers to save data by transferring it over the internet or another network to an offsite storage system maintained by a third party.
Software that enables creating, deploying, running, or managing applications in the cloud.
A group of linked computers that work together as if they were a single computer, for high availability and/or load balancing.
Cloud computing offerings targeted toward individuals for personal use, such as Dropbox or iCloud.
Consumption-based pricing model
A pricing model whereby the service provider charges its customers based on the amount of the service the customer consumes, rather than a time-based fee. For example, a cloud storage provider might charge per gigabyte of information stored. See also Subscription-based pricing model.
Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)
An open standard for controlling content and document management systems and repositories using web protocols.
A feature that allows customers to provision, manage, and terminate services themselves, without involving the service provider, via a web interface or programmatic calls to service APIs.
A business term that describes innovations that improve products or services in unexpected ways. These innovations change the methods used to accomplish a task, and re-shape the market for that task. Cloud computing is considered a disruptive technology because of its elasticity, flexible pricing models, and maintenance cost compared to traditional IT service provisioning.