Cloud storage Definitions

  • B

    bare-metal cloud

    Bare-metal cloud is a public cloud service installed directly on hardware with no virtualized infrastructure.

  • C

    cloud controller

    A cloud controller is a device that moves data between on-premises storage and the cloud.

  • cloud encryption (cloud storage encryption)

    Cloud encryption is a service offered by cloud storage providers whereby data, or text, is transformed using encryption algorithms and is then placed on a storage cloud.

  • cloud file sharing

    Cloud file sharing is a method of allowing multiple users to access data within a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud.

  • cloud file syncing

    Cloud file syncing is an application that updates files held in different locations through the cloud.

  • cloud storage API

    A cloud storage API is an application program interface that connects a locally-based application to a cloud-based storage system, so that a user can send data to it and access and work with data stored in it. To the application, the cloud storage system is just another target device, like tape or disk-based storage.

  • cloud storage gateway

    A cloud storage gateway is a hardware- or software-based appliance that serves as a bridge between local applications and remote cloud-based storage. The appliance is located on the customer’s premises.

  • cloud storage SLA

    A cloud storage SLA is a service-level agreement between a cloud storage service provider and a customer that specifies details of the service, usually in quantifiable terms.

  • OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder)

    OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) is open source software designed to create and manage a service that provides persistent data storage to cloud computing applications.

  • D

    Dell EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

    Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is a reference architecture that uses technologies from Dell EMC's Federation to integrate public and private clouds.

  • E

    enterprise cloud storage

    Enterprise cloud storage is public cloud storage purchased for a large organization. Enterprise cloud storage can be contrasted with consumer cloud storage, which is often free or purchased at a low price for an individual user's needs.

  • F

    file synchronization (file sync)

    File synchronization, often used as a form of backup, is the process by which files residing in more than one physical location are kept up to date.

  • G

    Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • green cloud

    Green cloud is a label that describes the potential environmental benefits that information technology services delivered over the Internet can offer society. 

  • H

    HIPAA-compliant cloud storage

    HIPAA-compliant cloud storage implements the guidelines of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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