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What Does the Cloud Mean for My Business?

Link to this post 05 Jun 09

The Cloud

A specific definition for “the cloud” is the cause of much controversy on blogs, in popular tech publications and even within my own office. The prevalent definition is based on the fact that clouds are constantly changing, much like the Internet itself. Whatever your definition may be, “the cloud” certainly encompasses many different technologies. A few of these include cloud computing and cloud web hosting.

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Link to this post 23 Jun 09

I think the fundamentals of cloud computing is the ability to transpose any workload from one location (system) to another. In short it is to make the application hardware agnostics.

Link to this post 25 Jun 09

I think that a quick definition of the term is "location independent computing". Users don't need to know, or care, where the systems are that run their applications. They can be local, remotely hosted, and possibly moved without their knowledge or impact. When you talk to the "cloud", you just know that your data is "up there somewhere", but where it is exactly can be indeterminate. It might actually be in many places at the same time, and which instance you communicate with can depend upon many things, such as load, network traffic, data stream costs that vary depending upon the time, etc.

Link to this post 25 Jun 09

I think that a quick definition of the term is "location independent computing". Users don't need to know, or care, where the systems are that run their applications.

I'll accept that definition. However, I'm not sure that users don't need to know where their applications are running. Users running apps that require fast, high-volume data transfer will want to run on a server that is close to their operations location.

Furthermore, running certain applications on cloud computers with servers all over the globe may create complex legal issues.

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Link to this post 25 Jun 09

I think the fundamentals of cloud computing is the ability to transpose any workload from one location (system) to another.
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In theory, yes - the cloud should be completely device-independent. However, cloud computing servers still run on actual, physical servers, and most cloud setups are therefore not platform-independent.

Also, software drivers may have to be installed on the cloud's "virtual hard drive" to run peripherals - a potentially difficult task.

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