The next big trend sounds nebulous, but it's not so fuzzy when you view the value proposition from the perspective of IT professionals. Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on rather than having local servers or personal to handle .
In cloud computing, the word (also phrased as "the cloud") is used as a metaphor for " ," so the phrase means "a type of Internet-based computing," where different services -- such as servers, storage and applications -- are delivered to an organization's computers and devices through the Internet.
Cloud computing is comparable to , a type of computing where unused processing cycles of all computers in a network are harnesses to solve problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine.
The goal of cloud computing is to apply traditional , or power, normally used by military and research facilities, to perform tens of trillions of computations per second, in consumer-oriented applications such as financial portfolios, to deliver personalized information, to provide data storage or to power large, immerse computer games.
To do this, cloud computing uses of large groups of typically running low-cost consumer PC technology with specialized connections to spread data-processing chores across them. This shared infrastructure contains large pools of systems that are linked together. Often, techniques are used to maximize the power of cloud computing.
Cloud Computing Standards
The standards for connecting the computer systems and the software needed to make cloud computing work are not fully defined at present time, leaving many companies to define their own cloud computing technologies. Cloud computing systems offered by companies, like 's "Blue Cloud" technologies for example, are based on open standards and which link together computers that are used to to deliver capabilities like or .