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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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1233New Relic IPO raises $115M, stock jumps 48% in debut Cromwell Schubarth SiliconGlenn Petersen-last Saturday
1232This is going to be a difficult IPO: Box's S-1 update: Revenue climbed towaGlenn Petersen-last Thursday
1231Carbonite gets a bid: J2’s Bid Could Unfreeze Carbonite By Dan Gallagher HeardGlenn Petersen-December 3
1230Microsoft plays nice with Docker while Azure takes a hit By Jonathan Vanian NOFUBHO-November 24
1229IBM is moving fast in cloud but is it fast enough to matter? By Barb Darrow NOFUBHO1November 24
1228Buyer beware: blogs.wsj.comSr K-November 18
1227Google trying to play catch-up in cloud services By Aaron Pressman November 4,Glenn Petersen1November 4
1226Microsoft makes its cloud data move By Andrew J. Brust NOV. 2, 2014 - 6:00 AM FUBHO2November 3
1225IBM goes all consumer-y in its bid for continued relevance By Barb Darrow NOV.FUBHO-November 3
1224Just how big is Amazon Web Services’ lead? It depends on whom you ask By Barb FUBHO-October 31
1223Exclusive: Salesforce to make big push into healthcare industry By Christina FaGlenn Petersen-October 26
1222Microsoft CEO: In public cloud, go big or get the heck out By Barb Darrow 4 HOFUBHO1October 20
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
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