Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is an emerging computing technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory, processing and bandwidth.

Cloud computing is broken down into three segments: “applications,” “platforms,” and “infrastructure.” Each segment serves a different purpose and offers different products for businesses and individuals around the world.

  • Applications: So far the applications segment of cloud computing is the only segment that has proven successful as a business model.[2] By running business applications over the internet from centralized servers rather than from on-site servers, companies can cut some serious costs. Furthermore, while avoiding maintenance costs, licensing costs and the costs of the hardware required to run servers on-site, companies are able to run applications much more efficiently from a computing standpoint.
  • Platforms: Many of the companies that started out providing On Demand application services have developed platform services as well. The platform segment of cloud computing refers to products that are used to deploy applications. Platforms serve as an interface for users to access applications provided by partners or in some cases the customers.
  • Infrastructure: The final segment in cloud computing, known as infrastructure, is very much the backbone of the entire concept. Infrastructure vendors provide the physical storage space and processing capabilities that allow for the all the services described above. The products in this segment are slightly more varied than those in the other areas of cloud computing but include ones such as managed hosting, and development environments (such as Google gears) that allow users to build applications.

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1 Response to “Cloud Computing”

  1. October 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    This is a very nice introduction to cloud computing. I hope your readers find this helpful. I am involved in studying the applicability of cloud computing to astronomy, and I have made a number of blogposts that you may find interesting on my “Astronomy Computing Today” blog (astrocompute.wordpress.com)

    What Types of Science Applications Are Best Run On The Cloud? http://wp.me/pU7SH-h

    The High Cost of Moving Data on the Cloud http://wp.me/pU7SH-Y

    Cloud Computing in the Age of Data Intensive Science http://wp.me/pU7SH-1B

    So Just What Is Cloud Computing? http://wp.me/pU7SH-5N

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