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As buzzwords go, few have conjured up as much debate and discussion as cloud computing.
The idea behind cloud computing is that software, services and information can be provided to users over a network connection and through a web browser, rather than running locally on a computer or a local network server.

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  • 1. August 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk The Layperson’s Cloud Computing Guide to Distributed Networks The Layperson’s Cloud Computing Guide to Distributed Networks As buzzwords go, few have conjured up as much debate and discussion as cloud computing. The idea behind cloud computing is that software, services and information can be provided to users Major Cloud Providers and over a network connection and through a web brow- Companies ser, rather than running locally on a computer or a local network server. Popular cloud applications like Google Docs and Salesforce.com offer users robust ways to manage and access content, and the beauty of the cloud is that the content is accessible from any web browser or connected device.joliprint Amazon Web Services: In 2006, Amazon launched its cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services. AWS is comprised of a number of different products Printed with that allows businesses and application developers http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/the-layperson%e2%80%99s-cloud-computing-guide-to-distributed-networks/ Page 1
  • 2. August 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk The Layperson’s Cloud Computing Guide to Distributed Networks to build their own cloud-enabled applications. These Microsoft: Microsoft’s Azure platform lets users tools include Amazon S3 storage service and the build, host and scale their web applications using Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform. Microsoft’s data centers. Amazon is a huge player in the cloud platform space, Last summer, Microsoft launched its platform ap- with major web companies like Groupon and Fours- pliance aimed at allowing large customers like eBay, quareusing various parts of Amazon’s cloud infras- HP and Dell to offer their own cloud services using tructure to power their products. Because so many Microsoft’s technology, but in their own data centers. businesses — big and small — have come to rely on AWS, system outages can cause problems for those IBM: IBM has been working on various cloud initia- companies. tives for the last several years. In April, it launched its more robust set of offerings by way of the IBM Salesforce.com: When it comes to the enterprise SmartCloud and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise brands. cloud, Salesforce.com is a huge player. Beyond its flagship Salesforce.com CRM system, Salesforce.com Consumer Cloud Services also allows enterprises and businesses to build their own tools on its Force.com platform. Since acquiring the popular Ruby cloud platform Heroku in December, Salesforce has pushed its cloud application offerings into even higher gear. Google: Although Google offers its own infras- tructure product by way of its Google App Engine, the search giant’s bigger cloud ambitions are still emerging. Right now, most of Google’s cloud offe- rings are accessible in the form of consumer- and enterprise-focused services, such as Google Apps and Google Docs. Still, Google maintains its own cloud infrastructure and has helped define the idea of the modern cloud- based web application. Google Apps: Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Perhaps its most ambitious cloud offering Google Calendar and Google Docs, is one of the is ChromeOS and the new Chromebook line of best known consumer cloud applications. Google computers. With ChromeOS, the operating system Docs is tremendously popular with startups, busi- is in essence, the web browser. Every app and every nesses and individuals.joliprint action is built around the idea of cloud services and applications. It’s a fascinating concept and could Box.net: When it comes to collaboration, document prove to be very disruptive for businesses that have management and storage, Box.net is consistently their employees primarily interacting through web one of most innovative players in the cloud com- Printed with applications anyway. puting space. The company started off as a more http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/the-layperson%e2%80%99s-cloud-computing-guide-to-distributed-networks/ Page 2
  • 3. August 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk The Layperson’s Cloud Computing Guide to Distributed Networks consumer-focused cloud storage company, but has cloud and those benefits are only going to increase pivoted quite successfully into a leading collabora- as products that heavily use cloud infrastructures tion services offering that’s geared toward small and technologies integrate themselves into our lives. businesses and larger corporations. Other Business News: What makes Box.net unique is that it has robust APIs and application support not just for other web apps, but for mobile and tablet apps as well. CloudTag: Cloud Computing , Layperson’s Guide Dropbox: Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud , Distributed Networks , Hp pavilion dv4 battery , and file storage solutions because it makes sharing compaq pavilion dv6 battery , Hp pavilion dv5 bat- files with other users or across computers dead tery , Dell xps m1330 Battery simple. The service is focused on consumers, but many businesses use it, too. Dropbox has an API and is supported by a multitude of web and mobile applications. Battery Technology Related Articles: OnLive: The cloud is about more than just docu- ments and file storage — it can also be used to deliver video games. Startup OnLive has really pushed the Apple without Steve Jobs : Who Are Winners and envelope in terms of what we can expect from cloud losers? gaming in the future. How Google User-Generated Content Is Changing The idea of being able to play games from the cloud SEO — no disc or download required — is something that is likely to catch on, big time, in the next few years. Apple’s A6 Chip To Boost Speed And Battery Life in New iPad iCloud: Later this fall, Apple will formally roll out its iCloud offering, and the general consensus is HP Or No HP: The PC Lives | Technology News that this will be what brings the idea of cloud to the mainstream. WebOS on An iPad Ran Over Twice As Fast As the TouchPad Already, Apple has made its iTunes in the Cloud music service available to users, and iCloud will be deeply 10 Risky Default Settings In Social Media That You integrated into both iOS5 and Mac OS X Lion. Should Check Cloud to the Future Battery Technology | Laptop Battery Lifejoliprint Cloud computing is poised to take off in very real 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Edu- ways in the ensuing months and years. cation by batteryfast.co.uk Major technology companies, as well as small busi- 6 Excelent Products that Could Come from the Printed with nesses and consumers, are seeing the benefits of the Google-Motorola Deal http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/the-layperson%e2%80%99s-cloud-computing-guide-to-distributed-networks/ Page 3
  • 4. August 27, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk The Layperson’s Cloud Computing Guide to Distributed Networks NFC: Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile by bat- teryfast.co.uk To read more good posts, please follow us on Twit- ter: http://twitter.com/batteryfastuk Thank you! Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a com- ment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this delivered automatically to your feed reader.joliprint Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/the-layperson%e2%80%99s-cloud-computing-guide-to-distributed-networks/ Page 4