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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.

The Top 100 Bloggers of Cloud Computing: 
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1189Amazon was premature in cutting its AWS pricing. There was probably no need to bGlenn Petersen107/25/2014 04:56 PM
1188Amazon's cloud price war with Google is starting to hurt — The numbers: MiFUBHO-07/25/2014 11:19 AM
1187Edward Snowden is giving product reviews: Snowden: Dropbox is hostile to privacGlenn Petersen107/17/2014 08:04 PM
1186 July 9  Sr K-07/13/2014 11:27 PM
1185How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence Frank Konkel NexGlenn Petersen107/13/2014 02:58 PM
1184Look Out Box and Dropbox — Here Comes Amazon’s Zocalo By Arik Hesseldahl Re/codGlenn Petersen-07/10/2014 06:54 PM
1183Source: Rackspace Wants To Take Itself Private by Ingrid Lunden ( @ingridlundeGlenn Petersen-07/02/2014 03:45 PM
1182Amazon sues former employee for taking Google cloud job, in new test of non-compFUBHO-07/02/2014 09:10 AM
1181Funny story... [youtube video] FUBHO-06/24/2014 01:40 PM
1180Documented testing for Access security mainly, relevant in a PaaS and even SaaS. ChinuSFO-06/23/2014 01:02 PM
1179What do you mean by validation? Glenn Petersen-06/23/2014 12:48 PM
1178Can anyone guide me towards Validation of the cloud environment, a requirement fChinuSFO-06/22/2014 10:35 PM
1177Box's on-again, off-again IPO may be off again: Box Inc. In Talks With TPG Glenn Petersen-06/20/2014 05:29 PM
1176Box Revives IPO Plans As Cloud Shares Recover By Arik Hesseldahl Re/code June 1Glenn Petersen-06/19/2014 09:09 AM
1175Adobe Picks Up 464K Creative Cloud Subscribers In Q2, Ends With 2.3M by Alex WGlenn Petersen-06/17/2014 08:59 PM
1174SanDisk To Buy Fusion-io For $1.1 Billion, Down $370 Million From 2011 IPO ValuaGlenn Petersen-06/16/2014 10:34 AM
1173Plex Systems: Detroit's New Dashboard By Ari Levy Bloomberg Businessweek Glenn Petersen206/14/2014 01:32 PM
1172Intelligence Too Big for a Single Machine By STEVE LOHR New York Times JGlenn Petersen-06/12/2014 11:29 AM
1171Investors Wary of Putting Money Where the Cloud Is By DAVID GELLES New York TiGlenn Petersen-06/12/2014 10:07 AM
1170Cloud Technology, in Translation By QUENTIN HARDY New York Times June 11Glenn Petersen-06/12/2014 09:48 AM
1169The Era of Cloud Computing By QUENTIN HARDY New York Times June 11, 2014Glenn Petersen-06/12/2014 09:29 AM
1168Everything at Google Runs in Containers by Carlos Sanchez on Jun 06, 2014 GoFUBHO106/09/2014 10:41 AM
1167Box is shooting for an IPO within weeks By Mark DeCambre @ mdecambre QuartzGlenn Petersen106/03/2014 05:48 PM
1166Falling Price of Shares Creates Risk at Salesforce By PETER EAVIS DealBook NewGlenn Petersen-06/02/2014 06:02 PM
1165There’s a perfect storm brewing for SaaS startups in Asia Pieter-Paul TNW Marh Glenn Petersen105/30/2014 05:06 PM
1164Big Data Trivia: Introduction to Big Data Data Science, “data mining,” and “bigFUBHO-05/30/2014 08:41 AM
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