> Now I know what you are referring to. This is remote virtual computerI said "remote virtual computer rental", not just "virtual computer".
No. Cloud IaaS is very different from just "virtual computer".
If what you're talking about is different from remote virtual computer
rental, then I don't understand clearly. What, concretely, is the
I don't think that is inherently a problem. Not that as such.
> Ethically it is a totally different issue from SaaS.
In both cases, you rely on the underlying installed things by the provider.
Is AWS a program, or is it a service?
> What does "proprietary" mean in the context of remote virtual server
We don't have the source code of AWS or Azure. But we do have the source
code for OpenStack
In other words, does Amazon offer you a copy of AWS (a program),
or is it a service that you might communicate with thru an API?
It is a category error to describe a service as "proprietary" (or as
"free"). If AWS is a service, then it isn't proprietary, and it isn't
When you call something a "cloud", you confuse it with many other
IaaS clouds have very rich APIs and a huge amount of features.
things; as a result, I have no idea what it really is. I will replace
"cloud" with "thingumajig". It conveys the same concrete information
(none at all), but has the virtue of being honest about conveying no
What sort of things are these APIs used to do? Some of them might be
SaaSS -- it depends on the substance of what they do.
I don't know what a private IaaS thingumajig is.
Also, remember that you can rent a "private IaaS cloud" from these
providers using OpenStack.