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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., Inc. (CRM (LAST: 158.13 7/8/2011 9:15:01 AM) (LAST: 158.13 7/8/2011 9:15:01 AM) ) is the poster child for the SaaS vendors. Other companies include Netsuite (N (LAST: 0 12:00:00 AM) (LAST: 0 12:00:00 AM) ), (SLRY (LAST: 4.09 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) (LAST: 4.09 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) ), Constant Contact (CTCT (LAST: 25.25 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) (LAST: 25.25 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) ), Taleo (TLEO (LAST: 36.79 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) (LAST: 36.79 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) ) and DemandTec (DMAN (LAST: 7.81 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) (LAST: 7.81 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM) ).

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),'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.

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1202HP Has No Interest in Buying Rackspace, Still By Arik Hesseldahl Re/code AugustGlenn Petersen-yesterday
1201Five ways Docker is taking over the world Docker is more than a fad -- it'FUBHO1Wednesday
1200<i>According to “Bezos’s law,” a unit of computing power price is reduced Elroy-Monday
1199Bezos’s law signals it’s time to ditch the data center By Greg O'Connor, ApFUBHO1last Saturday IBM Research Division has published a paper comparing the performancFUBHO-August 14
1197A mental lapse. I should have said that Silver Lakes will probably take them pubGlenn Petersen-August 12
1196 BlackLine Systems Inc. has raised more than $200 million from private-equity fiBrian Sullivan-August 12
1195China's censor presses Baidu to delete user uploaded images to its cloud serSr K-August 11
1194An interesting niche and a very impressive client list. It is quite an accomplisGlenn Petersen-August 9
1193 BlackLine Systems Inc. has raised more than $200 million from private-equity fiTheSlowLane1August 8
1192Alibaba Has a Computing Cloud, and It’s Growing, Too By QUENTIN HARDY New YorGlenn Petersen-August 5
1191Mission Impossible: Sizing up the cloud contenders By Barb Darrow 5 HOURS AGO FUBHO-August 3
1190Who has the biggest cloud? By year’s end, the answer may surprise you. by Barb DFUBHO1August 3
1189Amazon was premature in cutting its AWS pricing. There was probably no need to bGlenn Petersen1July 25
1188Amazon's cloud price war with Google is starting to hurt — The numbers: MiFUBHO-July 25
1187Edward Snowden is giving product reviews: Snowden: Dropbox is hostile to privacGlenn Petersen1July 17
1186 July 9 defenseone.comSr K-July 13
1185How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence Frank Konkel NexGlenn Petersen1July 13
1184Look Out Box and Dropbox — Here Comes Amazon’s Zocalo By Arik Hesseldahl Re/codGlenn Petersen-July 10
1183Source: Rackspace Wants To Take Itself Private by Ingrid Lunden ( @ingridlundeGlenn Petersen-July 2
1182Amazon sues former employee for taking Google cloud job, in new test of non-compFUBHO-July 2
1181Funny story... [youtube video]FUBHO-June 24
1180Documented testing for Access security mainly, relevant in a PaaS and even SaaS.ChinuSFO-June 23
1179What do you mean by validation?Glenn Petersen-June 23
1178Can anyone guide me towards Validation of the cloud environment, a requirement fChinuSFO-June 22
1177Box's on-again, off-again IPO may be off again: Box Inc. In Talks With TPG Glenn Petersen-June 20
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