Where did the “cloud hosting” name come from?

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In our earlier post, we have explained how and why the idea of cloud hosting was created. Now we are going to explain why the named this type of hosting “cloud hosting”.

Surprisingly, Cloud computing isn’t related to weather or actual clouds. So where did this name come from? To answer this question, we need to go a little back and see how this word entered the technology world.

How did “Cloud” enter the technology world?

A network engineer is in charge of making sure that a network is up and running. For this matter, they need to spend their time checking which devices exist in that network and how are they connected to each other. However, every network is also connected to other networks such as the Internet. At the time of sketching the network and analyzing it, they didn’t spend their time describing the other networks. They just drew those other networks by some closed curvy shapes. These curvy shapes became more like a cloud after a while. So this cloud shape was a symbol for any network that its details were unknown and became a metaphor for the Internet and they explained “cloud computing” as using data from a long distance.

To explain what exactly this technology is, we can say that “cloud” is a platform for providing services. These services can be categorized into three main categories:

  1. SaaS: This stands for software as a service and it means a software that gives services based on cloud infrastructure and its features.
  2. PaaS: This one stands for Platform as a service. This is a perfect solution for running software without needing the platform.
  3. IaaS: IaaS stands for Infrastructure as a service. Before this, they used to make and keep the needed infrastructure locally for every company.
What are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?

In our future posts, we will explain each of these fully.

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