I was lying in bed this morning, feeling just a little guilty for not turning out the lights last night between 8:30 and 9:30, thinking about the clouds – cloud computing that is. When I checked my email this morning I had an email from a member in a network I belong to that is stuck in Seattle because of the Ashes shot 50,000 feet into the clouds by Mount Redoubt the volcano in Alaska. He is looking to get himself and seven friends a chartered flight to Valdez! Not sure why a charter flight would go if the commercial flights are not as is implied in the email…….
Part of Speech: n
Definition: a type of computing based on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications
Cloud computing has started to obtain mass appeal in corporate data centers as it enables the data center to operate like the Internet.
Webster’s New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.7)Copyright © 2003-2009 Dictionary.com, LLCCite This Source
Cloud computing is Internet (“cloud”) based development and use of computer technology (“computing”). It is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them
The concept incorporates infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) as well as Web 2.0 and other recent (ca. 2007–2009) technology trends which have the common theme of reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users. Examples of SaaS vendors include Salesforce.com and Google Apps which provide common business applications online that are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on the servers.
The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on how the Internet is depicted in computer network diagrams, and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals.