5 IT Buzzwords Translated for the Small Business Owner (Part 1)

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 12/5/12 7:00 AM

IT buzzword translation 1As a small business owner, talking with your IT guy or an outsourced IT solution provider can be frustrating. For most of us, IT is a completely foreign language. However, the buzzwords, solutions and trends your IT guys are talking about hold the keys to business continuity and your success as a leader. So, over the next couple weeks I will try and translate some of today's key IT buzzwords into meanings that are significant to your decision making process. If that sounds helpful, subscribe to the blog here.

Here are 5 IT buzzwords you should be familiar with as a small business owner: 

Public Cloud

Definition:  A method for delivering data storage, computing and other business intelligence applications over the internet.

SMB Significance: Following the software as a service (SaaS) business model, the cloud offers scalable business applications at predictable monthly fees. A small business owner should consider the benefits of remote access and scalability but also understand and manage the risks of storing private business data online.

Local Cloud

Definition: A relatively new term that translates to the traditional computing architecture that provides servers, storage and services on your local LAN (network) behind your firewall.

SMB Significance: With all the talk of the cloud SMB owners still need to understand that not everything belongs in the cloud (on the internet) and traditional IT systems can still provide a benefit and cost savings over using a cloud solution.

Hybrid Cloud

Definition: A composition of at least one private cloud and one public cloud service or system.

SMB Significance: Many SMB’s are already setup with a hybrid cloud. Having a server or storage solution on-site and using a hosted email or Microsoft Exchange solution would be a hybrid cloud example. For many SMB’s a hybrid cloud solution is the most cost effective and secure way to setup an IT system.


Definition: A physical computer dedicated to hosting multiple applications or services for other end user computers on a network.

SMB Significance: Your servers are the lifeblood of business continuity. Access to databases, files, mail, print and the internet rely on the computation and storage power of your various servers. In other words, when your server isn’t running, your business doesn’t function.


Definition: (Network Attached Storage) – A computer or appliance specifically configured for data storage that is connected to and accessed by your end user computer network.

SMB Significance: For collaborative businesses, NAS provides faster data access, easy administration and relatively easy configuration so that your employees can share and collaborate on projects across multiple computers on your network.

What are some of the IT buzzwords you hear most often as a small business owner? Don't be afraid to ask the experts to explain what they are talking about. IT will always be a part of your business continuity and long term success, so brush up on today's most popular terms and get more out of your IT guys!


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