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August 13, 2010

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Very simply stated, cloud computing is the delivery of a service or a capability over the network. More specifically, cloud computing refers to IT resources and services that are abstracted from the underlying infrastructure and are provided "on demand" and "at scale" in a multitenant environment.
Cloud computing fundamentally changes the way IT services are delivered. Organizations can employ cloud computing to meet their IT requirements using a flexible, on demand, and rapidly scalable model that requires neither ownership on their part, nor provision of dedicated resources.

Cloud computing is Internet- ("cloud-") based development and use of computer technology ("computing"). In concept, it is a paradigm shift whereby details are abstracted from the users who no longer have need of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them. Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet.

One dark CLOUD pardon the pun that comes to mind is the move of outsourcing of IT services to smaller start up companies. Yes the theory behind cloud computing is great - sharing resources, faster data/application delivery, which in some ways SHOULD or would have benefited smaller companies who could share software services rather than purchasing licenses themselves. However the reality for many startups is that they simply cannot afford the cloud startup costs in today's depressed economy eg. $10,000 per annum for google map services on the cloud. Put simply.. the marketing for cloud seems to be targeted to already well established companies who could afford the move to the cloud, but smaller companies would more likely stick with single pc equipment and the limited software they need for their market niche. If large companies continue to outsource - I see trouble ahead for the cloud concept, unless the cloud providers adopt a more small company friendly arrangement payg for example.

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