Cloud computing has several definitions but basically, it just means using data or programs from a remote site (for example, Flickr and Google Docs). The thought is that rather than having local servers to handle your data, software, or other internet-based service, you use a remote host. Sharing resources has obvious issues and risks, but on-demand, remote access to resources is a compelling benefit.
In the news lately:
- Cloud Computing Security: What The Big Guns Have In Store
- Apple Wants to Bring Hollywood Into the Cloud, Too
- Cloud ‘Recovery’ or Just The Same Old Thing?
- The Cloud Security Alliance is a non-profit group that works to promote best practices in cloud computing. From their website, you can link to news, events, research and forums about cloud computing.
On a lighter note, here are some good cloud computing links, sorted by weather patterns.