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Enterprise Cloud Strategy Committee glossary

NOTE: The committee issued its recommendations on Enterprise Cloud Strategy [PDF] in December 2017 and reported back to the ITLC and the CIO. The Cloud Infrastructure Group was formed under Enterprise Infrastructure in order to start implementing these recommendations. Their work can be found on the Cloud computing webpage.





  • Infrastructure as a Service is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the Internet


  • Platform as a Service is a category of cloud computing services that provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app


  • Software as a Service is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. … SaaS is typically accessed by users using a thin client via a web browser
  • For the purpose of this committee, we will not be covering SaaS offerings