Is a service delivery model for application deployment over the internet
Electricity Analogy – Think of our existing power grid. Very few of us really understands how it works but we all know how to flip a light switch
The underlying concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960s, when John McCarthy thought that "computation may someday be organized as a public utility." Almost all the modern-day characteristics of cloud computing (elastic provision, provided as a utility, online, illusion of infinite supply), the comparison to the electricity industry and the use of public, private, government and community forms was thoroughly explored in Douglas Parkhill's 1966 book, The Challenge of the Computer Utility .
The media is trying to introduce this technology as a commodity to enable consumer confidence. The Cloud means nothing if your business is not efficient or if your data is insecure so knowing each type of cloud services pros and cons are critical
Consult your IT Consultant before you make any decisions you might regret. Because of the popularity of Microsoft’s “To the Cloud” marketing campaign it may instill over confidence and make you rush to a decision that a particular Cloud offering is right for you but bandwidth, database platform, application development and infrastructure all need to be aligned for the Cloud to work as it was designed
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