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Cloud computing, while not a new concept, is emerging as one of the next big trends in information technology. Recent software and hardware developments and the ubiquitous availability of broadband services have made cloud computing a potentially disruptive concept.

It is a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided to users as a subscription-based or pay-per-use service that is accessible in real time over the Internet to multiple external customers. It can extend the existing capabilities of an IT department and provide significant economies of scale. Most organizations that are currently accessing the cloud are using it to supplement their existing IT capabilities. In time, they may choose to move all of the computing needs to the cloud.

Some examples of cloud related services include:

Software as a service (“SaaS”) is a software delivery model where a software vendor develops a Web-native software application and hosts and operates the application for use by its customers over the Internet. The customer does not own the application, which can be accessed by multiple customers simultaneously, but generally pays for using it. Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 158.13<span style='font-size:11px'> 7/8/2011 9:15:01 AM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 158.13<span style='font-size:11px'> 7/8/2011 9:15:01 AM</span>) ) is the poster child for the SaaS vendors. Other companies include Netsuite (N (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 0<span style='font-size:11px'> 12:00:00 AM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 0<span style='font-size:11px'> 12:00:00 AM</span>) ), Salary.com (SLRY (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 4.09<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 4.09<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ), Constant Contact (CTCT (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 25.25<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 25.25<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ), Taleo (TLEO (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 36.79<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 36.79<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ) and DemandTec (DMAN (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 7.81<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 7.81<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ).

Data as a Service is focused on delivering data in response to a query rather than providing access to a more elaborate, full-blown application. Google search falls into this category.

Utility computing, also referred to Hardware as a Service, allows customers to rent storage space and servers as they need them. The participants in this space include Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Salesforce.com's AppExchange, IBM’s Deep Computing Capacity on Demand, Google’s App Engine, Rackspace’s Cloud FS, and Dell’s Cloud Computing Solutions.

Platform as a service provides programmers and companies with a development environment to build applications that run on the provider's infrastructure and are delivered to users from the provider's servers.

Managed service providers (“MSP”). Managed service providers offer fully outsourced network management services that include advanced features like IP telephony, messaging and call center, virtual private network, managed firewalls, and the monitoring of network servers.

The Top 100 Bloggers of Cloud Computing:

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1349Twilio stock closes at $28.53, jumping more than 90% in first day of trading KeGlenn Petersen-last Thursday
1348 Samsung Electronics to acquire US cloud services firm Joyent; Joyent to retain FUBHO-June 16
1347WSJ 11:00 PM Samsung to Buy U.S. Cloud Services Firm Acquisition of Joyent shoSr K-June 15
1346Dropbox CEO Pushes Toward Profitability in a ‘Post-Unicorn Era’ Drew Houston saGlenn Petersen-June 15
1345 Microsoft Will Serve You Now By Andrew Nusca Fortune The newly customerGlenn Petersen-June 12
1344Mary Meeker's presentation June 1, 2016 (includes the full 213 slides) bloSr K-June 2
1343Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8B, taking a big step into e-commerce by IngGlenn Petersen-June 1
1342Twilio's registration statement: sec.gov Cloud communications platform TwilGlenn Petersen2May 26
1341Message 30589559 [graphic]The Ox2May 19
1340Salesforce Bases New Service on Amazon’s Cloud The business software company’sGlenn Petersen2May 10
1339Dropbox missed its IPO window. I suspect that someone - perhaps Dell - will acquGlenn Petersen1May 9
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1337Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley sGlenn Petersen3May 8
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1335Rackspace Calls on Software Devs to Break CPU Performance Barriers A number ofFUBHO-April 16
1334Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing’s Giants Take In Billions By Glenn Petersen1April 10
1333Is HyperContainer the Answer for Cloud Native Applications? [graphic] Posted bFUBHO2April 8
1332AMZN's AWS segment has become a $10 billion business: Jeff Bezos Calls AmazGlenn Petersen-April 7
1331China Unicom to build data centre network 01 April 2016 | Jason Mcgee-Abe ChiFUBHO1April 1
1330Late to the game, but a logical extension of its business model: GoDaddy launchGlenn Petersen2March 21
1329Google Is Shopping for Cloud Companies. On the List: Namely and Shopify. By AriGlenn Petersen-March 20
1328Dropbox Shares Offered At 34% Discount In Secondary Market Glenn Petersen-March 18
1327Cloud Makes For Strange Bedfellows: Apple Signs On With Google, Cuts Spending WiGlenn Petersen1March 17
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