If you’re looking for cloud software (for any application), it’s sometimes hard to tell which vendors offer real cloud software or software that’s been labelled “cloud”, but isn’t really a pure cloud application.
There is a significant difference between pure cloud software – multi-tenanted applications built on cloud platforms from the ground up – and what we call fake cloud software that’s hosted on a “cloud” server. These fake cloud applications may have a web browser interface, but they are still ultimately installed applications with all of the legacy issue associated with installed applications. Often the “cloud” label means it’s simply on a managed server or virtual machine instead of being on your server in your office.
In order to clear up the confusion, we’ve put together a handy infographic with the differences. When looking at software options for any application, this guide will help you ask the right questions about whether they are pure cloud, or fake cloud.