Cloud computing is the latest buzz word and in true IT style, we have invented a raft of TLA’s to explain what it is (and isn’t) as well as a myriad of versions to confuse people even more.

PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, DaaS, public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, BIaaS,

How do you explain you explain cloud to a person with a business bent not a technical bent?

For me I say:

It’s a way to get access to IT systems immediately without the need to wait months for things to be delivered and installed.

It’s a way to turn IT systems off when you want to and not have things you paid a lot of money for sitting around not being used.

It’s a way to pay only for what you use, when you use it.

It’s a way for you to get your IT systems to do more or go faster when you need to, without the need to wait.

It’s a way for you to get your IT systems to do less or go slower when you don’t need them to go fast, so you can save money.

Cloud Computing

It allows you to do things faster, when you need to.