A map of the cloud computing ecosystem

The range of solutions coming on the market for cloud architectures is overwhelming. To make sense of it all, a new map is trying to put the entire universe of choices into a single Javascript app. It lays out the solutions being offered, organized by platforms from major vendors like Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM, and […]

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Wikipedia: Cloud Computing

First paragraph of Wikipedia’s lengthy article on Cloud Computing… Cloud computing is the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources as a service over the Internet.[1][2] Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the “cloud” that supports them.[3] Cloud computing services often provide common business applications […]

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SearchCloudComputing: What is cloud computing?

From TechTarget’s dictionary of technical terms… Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in […]

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IDC: Defining “Cloud Services” and “Cloud Computing”

International Data Corp.’s research analysts have been following cloud services in their practice. At the analysts’ blog, they summarized some of their findings.. As a company that makes its living analyzing, sizing and forecasting market opportunities, IDC takes market definitions and taxonomies very seriously. We’re pretty good at distinguishing real markets from hypey ones, well […]

InfoWorld: Cloud computing is all the rage.. it’s the phrase du jour.

In April 2008, InfoWorld looked into this hot new topic and said it was “at an early stage, with a motley crew of providers large and small delivering a slew of cloud-based services, from full-blown applications to storage services to spam filtering.” Cloud computing is all the rage. “It’s become the phrase du jour,” says […]