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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 (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) ), Salary.com (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), 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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1269How Everyone Gets the ‘Sharing’ Economy Wrong Uber isn’t the Uber for rides—it’Sr K-Sunday
1268Microsoft, Salesforce talks fizzled over price: Sources David Faber Glenn Petersen-last Friday
1267The clock is ticking for Dropbox, valued at $10 billion more than a year ago EuGlenn Petersen-last Thursday
1266For Zynga, a Journey from the Cloud to Home — and Back Again By Robert McMillanGlenn Petersen-May 8
1265Netcraft: DigitalOcean Second Largest Hosting Company Behind AWS Chris Burt MayFUBHO1May 5
1264Microsoft Is Said to Evaluate Possible Bid for Salesforce by Alex ShermanDina Glenn Petersen-May 5
1263Salesforce as takeover target: Here's a look at the potential buyers SummarGlenn Petersen-April 30
1262Amazon Web Services outshines Microsoft, IBM in the cloud market, says Synergy FUBHO1April 27
1261h/t Julius Wong You Thought Amazon's Cloud Was Big? Alibaba's Is Huge Glenn Petersen-April 26
1260Rich, but Not Silicon Valley Rich for Founders of Box Venture-capital infusionsGlenn Petersen1April 24
1259With Amazon Atop the Cloud, Big Tech Rivals Are Giving Chase By DAVID STREITFEGlenn Petersen-April 24
1258Amazon Reveals AWS Is a Nearly $5 Billion Business and Is Profitable By Jason DGlenn Petersen-April 24
1257How Amazon Swooped in to Own Cloud Services Though Amazon practically stumbled Glenn Petersen-April 22
1256Box, Provider of Cloud-Computing Services, Faces Make-or-Break Moment By QUENTGlenn Petersen-April 20
1255FYI- Here is a similar company to Box called "Data Deposit Box" DataPostman-March 29
1254Box disappoints in its first post-IPO report: Box Drops 15% After Reporting StrGlenn Petersen-March 11
1253Google Launches Cloud Storage Nearline, A Low-Cost Storage Service For Cold DataGlenn Petersen-March 11
1252Red Hat Launches Application Container OS BY JASON VERGE ON MARCH 6, 2015 [grFUBHO-March 6
1251Alibaba Is Expanding Its Cloud Services To The U.S. To Give Amazon New CompetitiGlenn Petersen-March 3
1250The Hidden Waste and Expense of Cloud Computing Mistakes include ordering too mGlenn Petersen-February 17
1249Dropbox’s New CFO Signals IPO Aspirations By Douglas MacMillan Wall Street JoGlenn Petersen-February 12
1248Synergy: Amazon Web Services grabs 30% of cloud services market February 3, 201FUBHO1February 4
1247Another factor in the stock spike was Amazon's announcement that it plans toGlenn Petersen-January 30
1246BOX is currently up 80% in its debut: Box Bolts Higher After Delayed Public DebGlenn Petersen-January 23
1245Box prices at $14. Box prices IPO at $14 per share, above expectations Josh LiGlenn Petersen-January 22
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