aaS – a quick reference guide to "as a service"

You've heard them or read them all - SaaS, HaaS, IaaS, PaaS   Seems like there's a new one everyday and what do they all mean, anyway?

SaaS - Software as a Service -  or software that is available through the internet.  Simply put, instead of purchasing the software and installing it on your own hardware (computer or server) the software is available over the internet.

Your virus has been completed!

From: "American Airlines" <official-no626@aa.com>
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2011 2:38 AM
To: sales@virtualdensity.com
Subject: Your order has been completed

Hello,
FLIGHT NUMBER 983
ELECTRONIC 430869603
DATE & TIME / NOVEMBER 06, 2011, 11:53 PM
ARRIVING / NEW YORK JFK
TOTAL PRICE / 345.34 USD
Please find your ticket attached.

Virus Here, Virus There… Virus, Virus Everywhere

I got a phone call this morning from a client.  Seems someone in his organization clicked on a link in an email and got immediately whacked with a virus that wiped out his Windows desktop icons and all the program entries off the Start button.  The offending email was in his personal account on one of the free webmail services (Yahoo in this case) and therefore had not been scanned by our corporate mail scanner.

2011, a good year to hate "the cloud"..

Am I the only one who’s watched the new Microsoft commercials and been dumbfounded by how utterly moronic they are? The one with the mom who can’t get a decent photo out of her family is half a hoot. If I’d fidgeted that much in a photo sit, my mom would have told me where to go, and it wouldn’t have been to “the cloud”… but I digress. That such a game changing technology as cloud computing could be dumbed down to a dopey Photoshop head twisting trick seems really pathetic to me. But those commercials just serve to punctuate how hard it is to describe or explain the benefits of server virtualization, Software as a Service and platform time-sharing to the non-geek masses in a 30 second spot.

My goal this year is to help vent the hype, focus the conversation, explain the value and lend my magical powers of disambiguation to my readers and clients. Personally, I don’t like the term “The Cloud”. I think it’s a lame name.. it’s ethereal and vague and mysterious and complicated. No wonder people have so trouble understanding it and are so uncertain about how to benefit from it. I created Virtual Density to be a catalyst to accelerate the adoption of computing as a service. I want to help you see “The Cloud Beyond the Fog”. Drop in on me here if you want to follow my random rants and ramblings. I wish you peace and prosperity in this new year.