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Acronym Anarchy: Cloud Acronyms - How Many Do You Know?

  • December 8, 2017
  • By Bradley Jones
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Acronyms are rampant in the tech space. Over a decade ago, I presented a challenge to have people look at a list of acronyms to determine how many they could name. I presented a list of over 100 acronyms related to development. I followed this up with a second list of acronyms related to Java terms.

The Cloud has been front and center in the press for several years now. Whether you are using AWS or doing VCC, you are likely to come across numerous acronyms. Today’s challenge focuses on a list of acronyms related to Cloud computing.

I recently read an article that claimed to have a comprehensive list of Cloud Acronyms. The list included six acronyms: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, HPC, MDM, and DaaS. After seeing it, I created the list of Cloud computing acronyms, which is below. To determine what I might have missed, I did a few searches. In those searches, I found an ultimate list with 30 terms that was able to outdo the comprehensive list I had seen earlier. This “ultimate list” did contain a couple of acronyms that I didn’t have, HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Because they were ultimately further from the core of Cloud computing than some already included, I left them off my list.

Without further ado, below are over 80 acronyms. How many of the following can you identify?

AES

HTTPS

S3

AWS

IA

SaaS

BI

IA/CND

SDMN

BYOC

IaaS

SDN

BYOD

IV

SD-LAN

CAMP

IP

SD

CBC

IPaaS

SLA

CD

IoT

SMTP

CDMI

IPSec

SNS

CDN

JSON

SOAP

CDPI

JWT

SQS

CENC

KVM

SPA

CI

L2TP

SRP

COA

LAMP

SSD

COOP

LDAP

SSH

CQRS

LXC

SSL

DaaS

M2M

SWF

DBaaS

MDM

SWT

DNS

ML

TCP

DTLS

MPLS

TLS

EC2

NBI

UDP

EFS

OSS

VDI

EME

PaaS

VM

FTP

PII

VMHD

HaaS

RAID

VOD

HPC

REST

VPC

HTTP

RDS

VPD

Click to the next page to see each acronym expanded. Review the list and see how many you can identify. Can you get them all? As a hint, some of these acronyms lean toward network computing and the Web. After all, such areas are part of Cloud computing!





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