Cloud Computing Glossary

Cloud Computing Glossary

The amount of jargon and terminology surrounding the cloud can be overwhelming. To help you make sense of it all, we’ve compiled a list of key cloud terms and defined them below. We’ll add new terms and definitions as they come up.

Cloud Managed Services:

Cloud Managed Services refers to the daily management of a company’s cloud-based services and technical support by a third-party provider. Many internal IT departments do not have specialized staff to effectively manage their cloud services. In these situations, a company can hire a third-party Cloud Managed Services provider to manage cloud security, computing storage, availability, and more.

Learn more about our Cloud Managed Services.

Data Residency:

Data residency refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization’s data or information. Many countries have legislation that requires government institutions or companies to only store and process a citizen’s data within their regional borders.

Canada is just one country that has data residency directives in place. Learn more about how you can achieve Canada’s data residency requirements in the cloud.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

MultiFactor Authentication is a security best practice that requires users to submit additional pieces of information, other than a username and password, to access the system.  An example is a system that requires users to submit both a password and an automated code sent to the user’s phone.   

We provide multi-factor authentication as part of our comprehensive cloud security product, FuseSecure.   

Shared Responsibility Model:

The Shared Responsibility Model outlines the shared security and operational responsibilities between the cloud provider and their customer.

The cloud provider is responsible for maintaining the security “of the cloud” such as protecting the physical data center where the cloud is hosted. However, the customer is responsible for the security “within the cloud.” It is up to the customer to protect their own data and applications within the cloud from breaches or cyberattacks.

Learn how FuseSecure will help you address the Shared Responsibility Model.

Single Sign-On:

Single Sign-On (SSO) is a type of access control that allows a user to access several different applications with just one login. Incorporating SSO will enhance cybersecurity as it lessens how many passwords users are managing, reducing the likelihood that a user will write down, share or recycle passwords 

Our security product, FuseSecure, includes SSO as part of our multi-layered approach to securityLearn more.  

Solution as a Service:

Solution as a Service is a new approach to cloud computing where all aspects of the cloud computing stack are integrated into one offer. A customer only needs to deal with one vendor, instead of sourcing and managing components from a range of different suppliers.

There are many benefits to the Solution-as-a-Service approach, including increased speed-to-value and reduced project risk.

Learn more from our Cloud Solution as a Service whitepaper. 


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