Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What is Cloud Computing anyway?

It will be totally surprising, if you haven’t heard any thing about ‘Cloud’ or precisely ‘Cloud Computing’ these days.  Cloud is what web2.0 was a while back. A buzz word to start with. But also a radical shift in the way we see IT infrastructure. No wonder, every company that needs IT or in IT wants to do something on the Cloud.

Let us see if there is a simpler way to define ‘Cloud Computing’ or simply cloud. Wikipedia, the Britannica for today’s world says,

Cloud computing is a paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet.

And if that doesn’t make any sense to you, watch this IBM advertisement that appears to have the intent of explaining what really cloud is all about.

What do you think about ‘Cloud’ now?

If you are inclined for more Technical or Business jargon, watch videos on this page where some of the Tech/Business celebrities in Software industry explaining the concept of ‘Cloud Computing’. The list of celebrities include Larry Ellison (Oracle), SalesForce, Eric Schmidt (Google), Steve Balmer (Microsoft), Werner Vogels(Amazon) and of course an Analyst that knows it all (anything for that matter).

Check out videos here.

Hope it made sense now.