Sep 30, 2010, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."