Posted on June 22, 2011
What is this new buzz word that everyone is talking about? Cloud computing has been around for years, but the difference is that companies like Amazon and Apple are bringing it to the masses.
What is the concept of cloud computing? In my opinion its the sharing of computing services over a remote connection to some collocated servers.
Wikipedia’s definition; Cloud computing refers to the use and access of multiple server-based computational resources via a digital network (WAN, Internet connection using the World Wide Web, etc.). Cloud users may access the server resources using a computer, netbook, pad computer, smart phone, or other device. In cloud computing, applications are provided and managed by the cloud server and data is also stored remotely in the cloud configuration. Users do not download and install applications on their own device or computer; all processing and storage is maintained by the cloud server.
We have always used cloud services, think of your website, where is it hosted? I can guarantee that the website will be hosted on a shared server in a data centre somewhere, surely this is classed as cloud computing?
My thought are that because internet connections both fixed and mobile are getting better all the time that this is why people have jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon. It will only be a matter of time before before the next buzz word comes along!