Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cloud computing ... de-geeked (work in progress)

Yesterday I started a little challenge on twitter to see if we can come up with a non-geek definition of Cloud Computing in 140 characters or less. 
I am posting the responses here in the order received and will update as more definitions are coming in. 

I look forward your your comments on this one.

Cloud Computing is ... 
@jonerp (John Reed)
Is *supposed* to make life easier by using the Internet to help me do things my own computer would choke on.

@timbo2002 (Tim Sheedy)
(1) IT Vendor and analyst hype designed to further alienate IT from the business. How's that?
(2) Your business as a service

In cloud computing you login to the program you want, which is hosted elsewhere, for a monthly or quarterly fee.

"What's cloud computing? That's exactly the point -- you don't need to care. It just works, wherever you are"

@mgd  (mark dixon)
(1) Cloud computing provides application, database, platform, storage, and computing services in a virtualized utility to enable agile business.
(2) Using computing services on demand, on a pay-as-you-go basis, like I buy electricity from my power utility.

Darren Crowder
A cost effective hosted platform that provisions business software capabilities on demand e.g. like electricity or water

Christian B√ľngener
Services and applications that are hosted on and accessed through the Internet


  1. @timoelliot - Beautiful! That's my favorite for a market message. Christian Bungener's is perfect for definition.

    Excellent challenge!

  2. Today's winner of cloud definition challenge is in Haiku: "Clouds not just weather, Removing IT drama, Flex grow on demand" @wrwalke #haiku

  3. matthewflynn@choirshark (cloud) Shared computing infrastructure over the web that distributes cost across participants and lowers the cost for each.
    3 minutes ago from web

  4. jpmorgenthal@choirshark re: 140-char cloud def: The big rental station in the sky

  5. @rohanpinto cloudcomputing = daydreaming + programming

  6. you stay grounded, your apps live in the cumulonimbus. stop thinking about it or it will turn into a supercell. (Tanner Spaulding)

  7. To paraphrase Confucius (or is it Buckaroo Banzai?) "Wherever you go, there your applications are!"

  8. pamelarosiedee@choirshark Cloud Computing: Salaries, hardware, & necks 2 choke traded 4 impersonal but scalable magic; metered rates 4 someone else 2 care

  9. jonathansander@choirshark cloud computing puts the complexities of programs & applications on the web and keeps the benefits on your desktop

  10. wevanswest@choirshark Cloud Computing=1) Renting storage, apps, database, etc. from someone else 2) Paying from operational not capital budget

  11. JoeBaguley@choirshark Cloud Computing never means the same thing to the same two people, it all depends on their marketing stance

  12. Lautza@choirshark Cloud computing enables companies to benefit from software they need without having to implement or maintain it.

  13. damienstevens@choirshark Cloud Computing is the abstraction of hardware, allowing you to deliver or consume an application as a service.

  14. c=computing l=load o=on u=unknow d=datacenter


    c=computing l=load o=outside u=underbudget d=datacenter

  15. Cloud computing is dead! Oops, did I say this too early in disrespect of the hype curve. Help me out, where are we on the curve? Shall I wait a bit. Ok, but don't say I didn't tell you.

  16. thorstenster@choirshark Cloud Computing: When the software you use runs on the internet (and not on your hardware)

  17. That's great. Interesting information provided on Cloud computing. thanks for sharing it here. By the way do you heard about the Cloudslam 2010 conference which is the 2nd annual and virtual conference on Cloud Computing and its technologies through which I gather more information on Cloud Computing.

  18. Sounds good. I have attended a Computing Conference earlier, from which I gained a lot of Information about computing.

  19. Cloud Computing means providing many computer and software services via internet.