What is Cloud Computing?

2011 is said to be the year of cloud computing, and we are entering the fourth quarter of 2011. However, there are still many people who have no idea about what cloud computing is. I don’t blame them – cloud vendors are using the term “cloud computing” without properly explaining about it to their potential clients.

There are actually many ways to explain cloud computing, but for a starter, here is a very useful cloud computing infographic from Wikibon, a community of IT professionals. Wikibon uses the infographic to focus the explanation from Saas (Software as a Service) point of view.

cloud computing 101

Via Wikibon 

Discuss - 2 Comments

  1. I’m surprised to see that Windows Azure is not represented in this graphic as it is talking about Cloud Computing. I’m curious to know what were the reasons for its exclusion.

    • Ivan says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      I’m not sure. As far as I know, Azure were available on early 2010. The infographic was originally published on May 2010 by Wikibon. Perhaps the infographic was created before Azure’s release date. Or maybe it’s simply that Azure is cloud service platform. The infographic is for cloud computing 101 from SaaS point of view…

      What do you think?

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