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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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1213Rackspace Decides to Go It Alone By David Gelles DealBook New York Times SeptGlenn Petersen-Tuesday
1212IBM ruffles feathers in push to re-educate veteran employees for cloud, data, moFUBHO1Monday
1211New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs computerworld.coFUBHO-Monday
1210Those concerns are going to cost U.S. cloud companies like Google, Amazon and MiGlenn Petersen1Sunday
1209Tech chiefs in plea over privacy damage... Backlash... THIEL: Competition Is fFUBHO1Sunday
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
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
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