A whole new set of acronyms

The Interop track next week is all about cloud computing and software-as-a-service. The two aren’t necessarily related — in fact, there’s considerable confusion about what the difference between grid, cloud, and SaaS computing is, as well as a host of new acronyms: Platform As A Service (like Salesforce.com’s APEX), or Hardware-As A Service (what some folks are using to explain Amazon’s EC2.)

PaaS, HaaS … please, please, someone come up with Application As A Service.