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How Would You Describe Cloud Computing in One Sentence?

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This provoked an excellent discussion last week in Business Intelligence, so how would you describe Cloud Computing in one sentence?

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  • Cloud computing is an architectural deployment model that leverages on-demand provisioning and management of compute, network, and storage resources to meet specified capacity, performance, and security needs.

  • Ups the ante...

    ' Describe Cloud Computing in One WORD? '

    An old bean might say : mod_proxy

    A new bean might say : F5

  • @Lori, not bad!

    Cloud Computing is a set of best practices for building an elastic and dynamic set of compute resources to be delivered as a service.

  • Cloud computing is the latest way for vendors to reposition existing products as shiny and new such that no one can use the term with any hope of precision of communication to their audience.

  • "Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid."

    This took a ~20k word debate for the lede of the Wikipedia article on the subject.

  • Back to the Future – the Mainframe of the World. And as is often the case with infrastructure evolution, application software has yet to catch up.

  • The cloud is computing services distributed across and delivered over the public Internet.

  • Or, what first popped into my head..."The cloud is the exact opposite of what Microsoft says it is."

  • Would have to go with the NIST definition (standards are obviously needed in this domain):
    Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

  • The industry has really managed to confuse just about everyone about this! Here's how I defined itan article I wrote for Small Business Computing last year: Cloud computing is a computing model that lets you access software, server and storage resources over the Internet, in a self-service manner. Instead of having to buy, install, maintain and manage these resources on your own computer or device, you access and use them through a Web browser. Sometimes you might need to download a small piece of client code (i.e., software you install on your PC), but we'd still categorize that as cloud computing, because, for the most part, the real horsepower is supplied from the cloud. http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/biztools/article.php/3809726/What-is-Cloud-Computing--and-Why-Should-You-Care.htm

  • Cloud computing is the provisioning and consumption of virtualized computing resources using a self-service, elastic motif in order to meet fluctuating demand.

    ...and to meet the one word challenge I will "kick it old skool": LPAR!

  • Cloud computing is a new consumption and delivery model inspired by consumer internet services, which includes on-demand self-service, ubiquitous network access, location independent resource pooling, rapid elasticity and pay-per-use.


  • PS. What most internet users do not think or care about which greatly impacts almost any web activity these days in tandem with bandwidth.

  • Elastic, non-committal, Real-time on-demand leased services over internet for your computing resource needs - infrastructure, data, security, platform, applications, even processes!

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    Cloud Computing is about computation or services which is location-transparent and can be more easily and ubiquitously accessed, often at much lower cost, increasing its value by enabling opportunities for enhanced collaboration, integration, and analysis on a shared common platform.

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    (@lmacvittie rules, anyway this is my call)

    On-demand, API-enabled datacenter services.

  • Cloud computing enables individuals and institutions to create pull-based business models through the consumption of network-based business and technology services on a needs basis.

  • Cloud computing is digital evolution which provides both enterprise customers and individual users the new way to consume shared computing service at unprecedented hyper-connected digital environment; it's also the new business model for computing service providers to serve their customers via subscription model.

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