November 3, 2008

Today’s Forecast: Cloudy

Daniel Lyons

People are going to be putting their information not into some device but into some service that lives in the sky.

Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems used to call it “the big friggin’ web-tone switch” (“Web tone” being the digital successor to “ringtone”). IBM dubbed it “on-demand computing.” Others have called it “grid computing” and “software as a service.” The latest name is “cloud computing,” and it’s the hot new dance craze — er, tech trend — that’s sweeping the computing industry, generating so much hype that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, speaking at a conference recently, felt moved to bash the whole cloud phenomenon as just a fad.

Full story at Newsweek

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