What is cloud computing?

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What is Cloud computing? I am using Windows XP [home ed] along with Office 2007 on my computer. Kindly tell me what is cloud computing and how I can use it to my advantage.? Regards Sunder Thadani from Mumbai, India.

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Office 2007, on Windows XP [Home edition]

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“Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models…”

Cloud computing will probably bring more benefits to enterprises than to individuals, but certainly personal cloud services exist, and Ubuntu One is an example.

-CarlosDL

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  • Mumbaisunder
    [...] Cloud Computing- need information [...]
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  • Drabzz
    Individuals can take advantage of the online backup features of cloud computing. Ubuntu One and Dropbox are excellent examples. Also, once your data is uploaded to your cloud server, it is constantly backed-up as a routine, and it is available from any internet browser on any computer.
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  • CloudResearcher
    Cloud computing is a model in which service is provided on demand with pay as you go cost model on internet. It has 3 services models 1) Infrastructure as a Service 2) Platform as a Service 3) Software as a Service Cloud has a elastic nature and is one of the top technologies in the top list of organizations in near future. You need Browser to use Cloud Computing. Gmail is one of the type of Cloud service model.(SaaS)
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