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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 (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 158.13<span style='font-size:11px'> 7/8/2011 9:15:01 AM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 158.13<span style='font-size:11px'> 7/8/2011 9:15:01 AM</span>) ) is the poster child for the SaaS vendors. Other companies include Netsuite (N (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 0<span style='font-size:11px'> 12:00:00 AM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 0<span style='font-size:11px'> 12:00:00 AM</span>) ), Salary.com (SLRY (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 4.09<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 4.09<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ), Constant Contact (CTCT (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 25.25<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 25.25<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ), Taleo (TLEO (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 36.79<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 36.79<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ) and DemandTec (DMAN (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 7.81<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) (<span style='font-size:11px'>LAST</span>: 7.81<span style='font-size:11px'> 12/31/1969 7:00:00 PM</span>) ).

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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1364h/t JakeStraw: New Tracking Stock Offers Cheap Play on VMware The VMware trackGlenn Petersen-September 3
1363Finally: Apollo Global is buying Rackspace for $4.3 billion A kin Oyedele BusiGlenn Petersen-August 26
1362SQL Server is the New Hunting Ground in the Cloud infoq.com FUBHO1August 24
1361Cloud Computing Market Report: Amazon is No 1 and Cost Leader, Says Gartner IAlexsmith-August 5
1360Rackspace Hosting Nears Sale to Private-Equity Firm Move comes two years afteGlenn Petersen-August 4
1359For Oracle, Money’s Not the Problem. It’s Coping With the Cloud. By QUENTIN HAGlenn Petersen-July 30
1358Amazon Web Services posts $2.88 billion in revenue in Q2 2016, up 58% from last Glenn Petersen-July 28
1357That was inevitable. I am surprised that it did not happen years ago. WDAY may bGlenn Petersen-July 28
1356wsj.com Oracle to Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite for $9.3 Billion Larry ESam1July 28
1355More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by FUBHO1July 22
1354Amazon Web Services has bought Cloud9, a popular web-based developer environmentFUBHO-July 15
1353Coupa Software hires investment banks for IPO: sources By Liana B. Baker ReuteGlenn Petersen-July 12
1352Inside Google And Microsoft's Race To Catch Amazon In The Trillion-Dollar ClGlenn Petersen1July 10
1351Twilio now helps AWS send texts by Frederic Lardinois ( @fredericl) TechCrunchGlenn Petersen1July 7
1350 How AWS came to be by Ron Miller TechCrunch July 2, 2016 [graphic] ThereGlenn Petersen1July 5
1349Twilio stock closes at $28.53, jumping more than 90% in first day of trading KeGlenn Petersen-June 23
1348 Samsung Electronics to acquire US cloud services firm Joyent; Joyent to retain FUBHO-June 16
1347WSJ 11:00 PM Samsung to Buy U.S. Cloud Services Firm Acquisition of Joyent shoSr K-June 15
1346Dropbox CEO Pushes Toward Profitability in a ‘Post-Unicorn Era’ Drew Houston saGlenn Petersen-June 15
1345 Microsoft Will Serve You Now By Andrew Nusca Fortune The newly customerGlenn Petersen-June 12
1344Mary Meeker's presentation June 1, 2016 (includes the full 213 slides) bloSr K-June 2
1343Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8B, taking a big step into e-commerce by IngGlenn Petersen-June 1
1342Twilio's registration statement: sec.gov Cloud communications platform TwilGlenn Petersen2May 26
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1340Salesforce Bases New Service on Amazon’s Cloud The business software company’sGlenn Petersen2May 10
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