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Cloud Computing in the Year 2009

One of the hottest topic in 2009 is Cloud Computing. What it essentially means is running an application that is hosted somewhere on the internet. Yep it basically SaaS (Software as a Service) renamed.

I have a notion that they renamed it to Cloud Computing to put less emphasis that you are going to rent the software and more on how the system would operate. But anyway I think Cloud Computing would be good for companies to adopt. One of the advantages is that you don't have to maintain a large IT department since your software applications are hosted somewhere else. And also somebody else is maintaining it for you. And with Broadband becoming the standard internet connection, it is certainly feasible.

However, Cloud Computing does present new sets of challenges. If you're internet connection is down, you won't be able to access your software.

Right now I'm pretty annoyed with my ISP (Internet Service Provider). Because I'm getting a request timeout every few seconds. But this can be solved by having a backup ISP. Which is still cheaper than having a large IT department.

And then there is the issue of entrusting your data to a third party. This issue has to be resolved by way of written contracts to make sure that the Cloud Computing service provider will not use the data without the company's consent.

I believe we will see a stronger effort for Cloud Computing in 2009. There are already a lot of technologies in place that would allow people to take advantage of this concept. You got the Iphone, Android, Google Chrome, Windows Live, and many others. Well see.

And with that I bid you Happy New Year everyone!


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