There’s a lot of talk these days about the cloud…some of it from us even. However, we can’t help but share the concern Kenneth Wong expressed in a recent blog post, where he asserts that the term ‘cloud’ is being “interpreted, reinterpreted and misinterpreted (sometimes deliberately) till it becomes a fuzzy buzzword.” So we were glad to see Kenneth go on to offer a list of criteria for what sets true cloud computing apart from the impostors. The main items he cites are: where cloud software program files reside (on remote servers), how the software is accessed (via network–most commonly internet–protocols) and how that access is granted (through a subscription, not a license).
Read Clearing Up Cloud Computing — Before It’s Too Late for Kenneth’s complete definition of cloud computing and his thoughts on where cloud solutions are best applied.
Thanks for helping clear things up, Kenneth!