Rackspace CTO John Engates knows the cloud — it’s kind of his bread and butter.

In this interview, we sat down with the cloudmeister, as we like to call him, and picked apart the definition of cloud technology.

After all, isn’t “cloud” just another word for the Internet? Engates says that’s what many companies would like for consumers to believe, but the actual definition of cloud computing is a bit more complicated.

Engates also name-checks some “cloud-washing” offenders in this clip and explains why developers aren’t too easily hoodwinked by their trickery.

If you’d like an in-depth, textual look at the difference between IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service), PaaS (platform-as-a-service) and SaaS (software-as-a-service), you should check out our own Sean Ludwig’s feature on cloud computing terms you need to know.

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