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Cloud Computing

Sep 30, 2010, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Tim Jones)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Cloud computing gets enormous attention from tech professionals. And cloud computing justifies all the focus. Not that it's a simple idea: It's an amorphous term that is stretched and molded to fit a variety of perspectives. It will take time to fully understand what cloud computing is and isn't.

"In this article, we'll explore cloud computing from the computing and storage angle, and review some of the most important offerings in the various cloud models.

"Let's begin with a definition of cloud computing, and then explore how it's being applied today.

"Cloud computing is really nothing more than an abstraction of resources, separating them from the user in a way that allows them to be shared in a dynamic and scalable way. U

"sers pay for what they use, when they use it, making it a very cost effective service offering. Cloud computing's actual efficiency is dependent upon the use model, but for many usages, it's difficult to compete with the dynamic and scalable capabilities of the cloud. So at its core, the cloud is about delivery of IT as a service. This concept is fundamentally changing the economics of data centers.

"Let's now explore cloud computing in depth -- what it means, how it's deployed, and what issues exist for this new trend."

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