Remember the xSP era where X was I for ISP (Internet Service Provider) or M for Managed Service Provider (MSP) or S for Storage Service Provider, part of buzzword bingo?
That was similar to the xLM craze where X could have been I for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), D for Data Lifecycle Management (DLM) and so forth where even someone tried to register the term ILM and failed instead of grabbing something like XLM, lest I digress.
Fast forward to today, given the wide spread use of anything SaaS among other XaaS terms, lets have a quick and perhaps fun look at what some of the different usages of the new function XaaS(X) in the IT industry today.
By no means is this an exhaustive list, feel free to comment with others, the more the merrier. Using the Basic English alphabet without numbers or extended character sets, here are some possibilities among others (some are and continue to be used in the industry):
|A||Analyst, Application, Archive, Audit or Authentication|
|B||Backup or Blogger|
|C||Cloud, Complier, Compute or Connectivity|
|D||Data management, Datawharehouse, DBA, Dedupe, Development, Disk or Docmanagement|
|E||Email, Encryption or Evangelist|
|F||Files or Freeware|
|G||Grid or Google|
|H||Help, Hotline or Hype|
|I||ILM, Information, Infrastructure, IO or IT|
|L||Library or Linkedin|
|M||Mainframe, Marketing, Manufacturing, Media, Memory or Middleware|
|N||NAS, Networking or Notification|
|O||Office, Oracle, Optical or Optimization|
|P||Performance, Petabytes, Platform, Policy, Police, Print or PR|
|R||RAID, Replication, Reporter, Research or Rightsmanagement|
|S||SAN, Search, Security, Server, Software, Storage, Support|
|T||Tape, Technology, Testing, Tradegroup, Trends or Twittering|
|V||VAR, Virtualization or Vendor|
|Z||zSeries or zilla|
Feel free to comment with others for the list, and likewise, feel free to share the list.
Greg Schulz – StorageIO, Author “The Green and Virtual Data Center” (CRC)