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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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1222Microsoft CEO: In public cloud, go big or get the heck out By Barb Darrow 4 HOFUBHO1Monday
1221Cloud Computing Is Forcing a Reconsideration of Intellectual Property By QuentGlenn Petersen-October 12
1220Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars by Ron Miller ( @ron_miller) TechCrunch Glenn Petersen-October 2
1219Target Date for Box IPO Slides Again By Arik Hesseldahl Re/code October 1, 2014Glenn Petersen-October 1
1218Would a rational business want to have their corporate cloud in a Chinese data cGlenn Petersen-September 23
1217Would a rational business want to have their corporate cloud in a Chinese data cFUBHO-September 23
1216After $25B IPO, US Cloud Infrastructure Players Best Pay Attention to Alibaba bGlenn Petersen-September 23
1215Hurd: Oracle Takes On Microsoft in the Cloud By Quentin Hardy New York Times Glenn Petersen1September 23
1214Another cloud computing acquisition: SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker ConcGlenn Petersen-September 19
1213Rackspace Decides to Go It Alone By David Gelles DealBook New York Times SeptGlenn Petersen-September 16
1212IBM ruffles feathers in push to re-educate veteran employees for cloud, data, moFUBHO1September 15
1211New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs computerworld.coFUBHO-September 15
1210Those concerns are going to cost U.S. cloud companies like Google, Amazon and MiGlenn Petersen1September 14
1209Tech chiefs in plea over privacy damage... Backlash... THIEL: Competition Is fFUBHO1September 14
1208DJ Newswires Salesforce Launches $100 Million Venture Capital Fund DOW JONES Sr K-September 8 CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting By Alex ShSr K1September 7
1206Mom-and-pop shops fly to the cloud Ari Levy | @levynews SGlenn Petersen3September 3
1205More discounting: Dropbox Bulks Up Its ‘Pro’ Cloud-Storage Plan Glenn Petersen-August 27
1204bloomberg.comSr K-August 26
1203Bearing Down on Data UpstartsBox, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business ModGlenn Petersen-August 25
1202HP Has No Interest in Buying Rackspace, Still By Arik Hesseldahl Re/code AugustGlenn Petersen-August 22
1201Five ways Docker is taking over the world Docker is more than a fad -- it'FUBHO1August 20
1200<i>According to “Bezos’s law,” a unit of computing power price is reduced Elroy-August 18
1199Bezos’s law signals it’s time to ditch the data center By Greg O'Connor, ApFUBHO1August 16 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
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