What is the Cloud?

09 Apr

Different people have different definitions of the Cloud. Computer nerds like me have multiple sources where we can find definitions. I usually tell people the Cloud refers to offsite storage of your applications and data. Here is a definition that I feel captures the essence of the Cloud while not committing information overload. Dave Nielsen, one of the founders of CloudCamp has the following pithy definition that helps remove the mystery surrounding the Cloud and articulates it in ways that anyone can understand.

Under Dave’s definition, the Cloud is OSSM, meaning that Cloud Computing is a computing resource that is:

•On-demand: the server is already setup and ready to be deployed

•Self-service: customer chooses what they want, when they want it

•Scalable: customer can choose how much they want and ramp up if necessary

•Measurable: there’s metering/reporting so you know you are getting what you pay for

In testing the acronym with a bunch of people – (see for more)


Mark Anthony Germanos is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services, a premier Sacramento IT company providing IT services, IT solutions and IT support. Cameron Park Computer Services, at, moves clients to the Cloud. “The Cloud is among the best IT solutions we’ve ever offered,” says Germanos, “I’ve been in the IT service and IT support business since 1992. When you run your business in the Cloud, your data is always available, available from anywhere and the cost is usually less. Does your IT company offer IT services, IT support and CloudU certified staff that can provide today’s IT solutions at affordable prices”? does.


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