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TECHNOLOGY TIPS - WHAT EXACTLY IS CLOUD COMPUTING?

Cathy Mallers PhotoYou've probably heard the buzz about cloud computing, or even seen the commercial from Windows about the family picture being shared from the cloud.

It's somewhat confusing to understand how it works because if you're not a technical user, some of this teminology is going to throw you a little. 

There are three different types of computing in the cloud.  They are, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).  These services traditionally were more business related, and as these types of services have taken on a more mainstream use they are becoming more and more popular.

Most consumers use SaaS.  Think of it this way... You go onto Internet Explorer, log into an account and then you can use a full version of Microsoft Word.  You don't have to purchase the software and can log in wherever you have an Internet connection.

Another description I found is the description from Cloud Computing for Dummies by Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman and Fern Halper.  "Cloud computing means that infrastructure, applications, and business processes can be delivered to you as a service, over the Internet (or your own network)."

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 6:38 PM by Dean's Team
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