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Define and Understand New Cloud Terms to Succeed in the New Cloud Era

Published: 31 July 2019

ID: G00402903

Analyst(s): David Smith , Daryl Plummer


Definitions are critical to having productive conversations about cloud computing. Disagreements tend to wash away when we all have a common base for discussion. CIOs must understand both old and new terminology to plan effective cloud strategies.

Table Of Contents


  • Hybrid and Multicloud
  • Hybrid Cloud
    • The Packaging of Hybrid Cloud
  • Distributed Cloud
  • Multicloud
  • Cloud-Native
  • Edge Computing
  • Repatriation

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