In a recent post, What Cloud Computing Really Means, on the New York Times website, Eric Knorr and Galen Gruman give us a glimpse of the many definitions of cloud computing.


“Today, with such cloud-based interconnection seldom in evidence, cloud computing might be more accurately described as “sky computing,” with many isolated clouds of services which IT customers must plug into individually. On the other hand, as virtualization and SOA permeate the enterprise, the idea of loosely coupled services running on an agile, scalable infrastructure should eventually make every enterprise a node in the cloud.”

Their article goes into identifying the components of what cloud computing is all about.

Here is a breakdown of those components:

  • Software as a Service
  • Utility computing
  • Web services in the cloud
  • Platform as a service
  • Managed Service Providers
  • Service commerce Platforms
  • Internet integration

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