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Cloud Computing

May 14, 2010, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"Cloud computing is a method of provisioning computing resources, including both hardware and software, that relies on sharing those resources rather than using local servers or personal devices to handle applications.

"In theory, cloud computing is a way for IT departments to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly, without having to invest in new infrastructure, train new personnel or license new software.

"In the cloud computing model, workers log into a Web-based service that hosts all the programs the users need for their jobs, from e-mail to word processing to complex Business Intelligence software. The service, and the hardware it runs on, is deployed, maintained and upgraded by another company, which generally offers service-level agreements (SLAs) to guarantee the service.

"Examples of cloud computing include using Google App Engine to run your company's e-mail services, contracting with Amazon Web Services to host your infrastructure, or contracting with Salesforce.com to provision your company's customer relationship management (CRM) software."

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