Simplifying Cloud Computing

Simplifying Cloud Computing

The phrase cloud computing seems to be used more and more, but it’s usually followed by…exactly what is that anyway? Over the next week I’m going to try to simplify cloud computing for you. The best-case scenario would be to have you engaged with your IT Department or IT Vendor in a conversation about your organization’s plans and approach to implementing cloud computing. If we don’t reach that lofty goal you’ll at a minimum be equipped with some knowledge to at least impress your family, friends, and colleagues.

Cloud Computing – In the Beginning

Most sources credit Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, with first using the phrase – Cloud Computing, at a search engine conference in 2006. Where Schmidt talked about Google’s approach to delivering Software-As-A-Services (SaaS). The concept of Utility Computing, of which Cloud Computing, grid computing, and distributed computing are flavors of, is not new. These technologies have been around for a long time.

Cloud Computing Defined

Cloud computing derived its name from the cloud symbol often used to symbolize the Internet in diagrams and flowcharts. Cloud computing is a catchall phrase of sorts, for anything that delivers hosted services over the Internet. Those services are divided among three categories:

  1. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
  2. Platform-as-a-service (Paas.
  3. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Tomorrow we’ll discuss each of these categories in depth at What’s on the minds of JASZ Techies

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