Cloud Computing

Have you heard of “Cloud Computing? The technology firm Gartner has it in second place on their top ten technologies that will dominate for the next three years. And, a search for the term on Google will yield millions of references.

Cloud computing is defined on Wikipedia as an Internet-based (Cloud) development and use of computer technology (Computing). As we can see, Cloud is a metaphor for the Internet, based on how it is depicted in computer network diagrams.

Cloud computing is a style of computing in which IT-related capabilities are provided as a service. It allows users to access technology-enabled services from the Internet without knowledge of, expertise with, or control over, the technology infrastructure that supports them.

Cloud computing is a paradigm in which information is permanently stored in servers on the Internet and cached temporarily on your computer. Since customers do not own the infrastructure and are merely accessing or renting it, they can forego capital expenditures and consume resources as a service, paying instead for what they actually use.

To learn more about cloud computing, see these articles in TechNews World:

Cloud Computing, Part 1: Some Breaks in the Fog

Cloud Computing, Part 2: A Who’s Who