Appendix B - Glossary
Authentication Credential. Something that an entity is, has, or knows that allows an entity to prove its identity to a system.
Cloud-subscriber. An authenticated person that accesses a cloud system over a network. A cloud-subscriber may possess administrative privileges, such as the ability to manage virtual machines, or the ability to regulate access by users to cloud resources the cloud-subscriber controls.
Data Object. A logical container of data, that can be accessed over a network. E.g., a blob. May be an archive, such as specified by the TAR format.
Physical Data Container. A storage device physically suitable for transferring data between cloud-subscribers and clouds. E.g., a hard disk. There has to be a standard format that the Provider supports (e.g., EIDE, IDE, SCSI). The physical data container must be formatted with a standard logical organization, such as FAT32, ufs, etc.
Provider. An organization that offers a network service that satisfies the definition of cloud computing given in Section
SLA. A document explaining expected quality of service and legal guarantees. Contains at least the following data fields:
CloseDelay: the minimum latency, expressed in a common time unit, for a cloud provider to respond to a user's request to close an account.
User. A person or computer that accesses a cloud system over a network. A user may be authenticated but can also be anonymous. A user does not have administrative privileges on a cloud system.