IT-Terms explained: Cloud computing

In the 10 minutes video below some of the key “figure-heads” of Web 2.0 are being asked to give a short definition of what cloud computing might be.

While some didn’t take the question too serious its quite interesting which benefits others have identified.

(one interesting definition provided in the video)
“…a way to deliver services rather than applications, completely independent of platforms, completely independent of physical hardware…”

Click on the image below for the link (multimedia)

link to YouTube video

More information (some entry points for further details and critics):
General information at the Economist
General information on Web vs Desktop computing at
GigaOM on reasons why enterprises are not ready to trust the cloud
The 451 group on open source and cloud computing
The CIO magazine on when and how to use cloud computing
ComputerWorld on a CIO survey including planned investments into cloud computing
Nicholas Carr’s Rough Type blog

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