“What Cloud Computing Really Means”…02.24.09

24 02 2009

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(Image source: http://infreemation.net/cloud-computing-linear-utility-or-complex-ecosystem/)

InfoWorld has a lengthy article today called What cloud computing really means by Galen Gruman and Eric Knorr worth reading.  Here is a small excerpt of interest:

“…Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities.

Cloud computing is at an early stage, with a motley crew of providers large and small delivering a slew of cloud-based services, from full-blown applications to storage services to spam filtering. Yes, utility-style infrastructure providers are part of the mix, but so are SaaS (software as a service) providers such as Salesforce.com. Today, for the most part, IT must plug into cloud-based services individually, but cloud computing aggregators and integrators are already emerging.

InfoWorld talked to dozens of vendors, analysts, and IT customers to tease out the various components of cloud computing. Based on those discussions, here’s a rough breakdown of what cloud computing is all about...”

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15 02 2010
joanne allen

Hello, my grad school interactive journalism class working on a report, part of which is a chapter on wireless computing. May we have permission to use your cloud computing illustration in print and Web version, with attribution. Project assets must be ready by 2/19 — so if you can let us know by then, it would be great/
Thank you
joanne allen

15 02 2010
lonewolflibrarian

You’ll have to ask permission from the originators: http://infreemation.net/cloud-computing-linear-utility-or-complex-ecosystem/

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