Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Cloud computing logical diagram
Cloud computing is a way of computing, via the Internet, that broadly shares computer resources instead of having a local personal computer handle specific applications.
It is an Internet- ("cloud-") based development and use of computer technology ("computing").[1]
In concept, it is a paradigm shift whereby details are abstracted from the users who no longer have need of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them.[2] Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet.[3][4]
The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the cloud drawing used to depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure it represents.[5] Typical cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online which are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers.
A technical definition is "a computing capability that provides an abstraction between the computing resource and its underlying technical architecture (e.g., servers, storage, networks), enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."[6] This definition states that clouds have five essential characteristics: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service.[6]
The majority of cloud computing infrastructure, as of 2009[update], consists of reliable services delivered through data centers and built on servers. Clouds often appear as single points of access for all consumers' computing needs. Commercial offerings are generally expected to meet quality of service (QoS) requirements of customers and typically offer SLAs.[7]


Belinda said...

Thanks for sharing your L@S notes with us B1! Sounds like you got a lot out of the conference again this year and you've got plenty to share with your colleagues. So, do you think you could present something yourself if you went to another national conference?

Miss S said...

Oh I thought you would comment on my breakout 2 blogpost, "put yourself in the picture".... I did it for you, you'll see why hahahaha

I think I would like to present at a conference... I know Marie and Lyndal are presenting at U Learn, maybe I could present next year x