Notes on “What Is Cloud Computing?”

– Cloud computing is a computing model that lets you access software, server and storage resources over the Internet, in a self-service manner. It i s hiring a “customozable taxi” versus “leasing a car” versus buying a car (see the video below on this blog for more.
– Instead of having to buy, install, maintain and manage these resources on your own computer or device, you access and use them through a Web browser.
– Why “cloud” computing — why not Internet computing? Techies use cloud icons to represent the data centers, technologies, infrastructure and services that comprise the Internet — the metaphor works, but has its conceptual limitaitons.
– Perform just about any computing task in the cloud (e,g, salesforce.com, Intuit QuickBooks Online, Citrix GoToMeeting)
– With cloud applications you access them from your Web browser, but the software, processing power and storage reside in the cloud.
– Free Web services are in the cloud Google Gmail or Microsoft Hotmail, back up solutions, or FaceBook and Twitter.
– Managed services providers supply services such as network and security monitoring over the Internet.
– Another example is Amazon.com, which sells access to CPU cycles and storage as a service of its cloud infrastructure.

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About Howard Oliver
The founder and CEO of What If What Next, Howard Oliver (holiver@whatifwhatnext.com) for more than 20 years has been an entrepreneur, writer, thought leader, PR Guru, business development strategist, technology evangelist, manager and consultant for numerous service, industrial and high technology companies. Howard provides leadership in the application of Agile and Lean project management methodologies for technology enabled social media marketing and PR campaigns that deliver revenue, customer and alliance engagement, and media buzz. Clients in technology and other industries recognize him as a driven, highly creative and disciplined thinker. He also created the WebVoyaging® brand, a market engagement methodology that optimizes the deployment of cloud based, best-in-class marketing automation solutions. The WebVoyaging® process is inspired by the great visionaries who conceived of and built history’s great sailing vessels, which helped establish trade routes and created huge wealth. An accomplished business educator, Howard has recently created the WebVoyaging® Master Class, a training program for organizations interested in implementing Lean marketing automation solutions. Howard holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. Howard is an avid sailor and collector of books.

2 Responses to Notes on “What Is Cloud Computing?”

  1. Pingback: Notes on “What Is Cloud Computing?” « The PR Measure Blog « Social Computing Technology

  2. jodie_microsoft_smb says:

    Microsoft’s cloud offering for applications is the BPOS suite – you get e-mail, document sharing and collaboration, instant messaging and web conferencing. Microsoft also offers CRM Online – contact relationship manager tool that gives you sales, marketing and service. With both, you can anywhere access, integrate with mobile devices and get financially backed SLAs of 99.9% uptime. Here’s a link with more details: http://smb.ms/ajqfSn

    Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions are also offered as a SaaS model – Hosted by Microsoft Partners, you will get the all the same features of Dynamics if you were to have your own servers, without having to worry about the infrastructure demands. Here’s more detail on SaaS if you’re interested: http://smb.ms/dmsUQz

    Regards,
    Jodi E.
    Microsoft SMB Outreach Team
    msftoft@microsoft.com

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