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Cloud Computing
Traditional business applications have always been very complicated and expensive. The amount and variety of hardware and software required to run them are daunting. You need a whole team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update them. When you multiply these efforts across dozens or hundreds of apps, its easy to see why the biggest companies with the best IT departments arent getting the apps they need. Small and mid-sized businesses dont stand a chance. Lately, an expression known by the name How does this work, Cloud computing Cloud Computing started to be familiar uses networks of large groups of servers. to most of us. But, has anyone of us know Typically, these servers are running lowwhat really that expression is all about, cost consumer PC technology with this is what we are going to know through specialized connections to spread datathis article. processing chores across them. This Cloud computing is a type of computing shared IT infrastructure contains large that relies on sharing computing resources pools of systems that are linked together. rather than having local servers or Often, virtualization techniques are used personal devices to handle applications. to maximize the power of cloud computing. In cloud computing, the word cloud (also The standards for connecting the phrased as "the cloud") is used as a computer systems and the software metaphor for "the Internet," so the phrase needed to make cloud computing work are cloud computing means "a type of not fully defined at present time, leaving Internet-based computing," where many companies to define their own cloud different services such as servers, storage computing technologies. Cloud computing and applications are delivered to systems offered by companies, like IBM's organizational computers and devices "Blue Cloud" technologies for example, are through the Internet. based on open standards and open source Cloud computing is comparable to grid software which link together computers computing, a type of computing where that are used to deliver Web 2.0 unused processing cycles of all computers capabilities like mash-ups or mobile in a network are harnesses to solve commerce. problems too intensive for any stand-alone Cloud computing has started to obtain machine. mass appeal in corporate data centers as it The goal of cloud computing is to apply enables the data center to operate like the traditional supercomputing, or high- Internet through the process of enabling performance computing power, normally computing resources to be accessed and used by military and research facilities, to shared as virtual resources in a secure perform tens of trillions of computations and scalable manner. per second, in consumer-oriented For a Small& Medium size Businesses applications such as financial portfolios, to (SMB), the benefits of cloud computing is deliver personalized information, to currently driving adoption. In the SMB provide data storage or to power large, sector there is often a lack of time and immersive computer games.

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financial resources to purchase, deploy and maintain an infrastructure (e.g. software, server and storage). In cloud computing, small businesses can access these resources and expand or shrink services as business needs change. The common pay-as-you-go subscription model is designed to let SMBs easily add or remove services and you typically will only pay for what you do use. Cloud computing requires searching for a cloud provider whether your cloud is public, private, or hybrid; youd better Look for elasticity, scalability, provisioning, standardization, and billed usage; elasticity and scalability. The cloud is elastic, meaning that resource allocation can get bigger or smaller depending on demand. Elasticity enables scalability, which means that the cloud can scale upward for peak demand and downward for lighter demand. Scalability also means that an application can scale when adding users and when application requirements change; Self-service provisioning. Cloud customers can provision cloud services without going through a lengthy process. You request an amount of computing, storage, software, process, or more from the service provider. After you use these resources, they can be automatically deprovisioned; Standardized interfaces. Cloud services should have standardized APIs, which provide instructions on how two application or data sources can communicate with each other. A standardized interface lets the customer more easily link cloud services together; billing and service usage metering. You can be billed for resources as you use them. This pay-as-you-go model means usage is metered and you pay only for what you consume. Besides, cloud computing has offered us a lot of benefits like: Decreased Costs where the Cloud eliminates the need for each user to invest in stand-alone servers or software that is capital intensive,

but under-utilized most of the time. you consume. Besides, cloud computing has offered us a lot of benefits like: Decreased Costs where the Cloud eliminates the need for each user to invest in stand-alone servers or software that is capital intensive, but under-utilized most of the time. As technological innovations take place, these resources become obsolete and must be replaced with the latest in order to ensure operational efficiency requiring more capital investment and the cycle repeats. The Cloud eliminates the need for such replacement capital expenditure; Innovation in which enterprises can focus on innovation, as they do not have to own or manage resources. Cloud computing facilitates faster prototype development, testing and validation; Location Independence in which service providers can set up infrastructure in areas with lower overheads and pass on the benefit; Optimal Resource Utilization where servers, storage and network resources are better utilized as the Cloud is shared by multiple users, thus cutting down on waste at a global level. Cloud computing is more environment-friendly and energy efficient; Flexibility where users can opt out at will and thus gain a high level of operational flexibility; Device Independence in which applications provided through the Cloud can be accessed from any device a computer, a smartphone, an iPad, etc. So, to summarize, the cloud computing is a culmination of numerous attempts at large scale computing with seamless access to virtually limitless resources, although its considered as a new technology that encounters our technical community, it become an essential part in our daily lives.

References
[1] Wikipedia |
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_co mputing

[2] FinancialForce.com|
http://www.financialforce.com/resourc es/research/force-com-platform/cloudcomputing-advantages/

[3] Cisco|
http://www.cisco.com/web/solutions/tr ends/cloud/index.html

[4] Wikinvest|
http://www.wikinvest.com/concept/Clo ud_Computing

[5] Dummies|
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[6] SalesForce|
http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcompu ting/

[7] University of Nevada|


http://www.cse.unr.edu/~mgunes/cpe4 01/