What is basically cloud computing? How is it different from the traditional application hosting?

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Sep 4, 2012, 9:32:58 AM9/4/12
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What is basically cloud computing? How is it different from the traditional application hosting?

Though I have been working in the different cloud-computing engagements but yet when coming to explaining it to someone who is new or for example who is not from a IT or software back ground then it becomes a little difficult.

I have explored quite a few internet sites in quest of the same. Through this blog am trying to put it in as simple as possible. 


Andrew Badera

Sep 4, 2012, 12:53:44 PM9/4/12
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First, it's critical to buy a blimp-defined datacenter. You just can't maintain enough airtime with traditional fixed wing or rotor aircraft. You could get by with a fixed-station balloon platform, but that reduces your availability zones.

Of course for failover, you're really going to need at least two blimps.

Google's are solar-powered. Microsoft's are expensive and enterprisey. Apple's are really well designed.

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Joe Armstrong

Sep 4, 2012, 9:10:02 PM9/4/12
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Well, maybe you don't need to worry about getting the right blimp, but if you are looking for an application environment that is:
  • virtual machine only (very nearly so, or setup so you can't tell virtual from physical)
  • supporting massive elasticity
    • Gives the illusion of unlimited capacity
    • Allows the user to grow/shrink the computing footprint on-demand, no advanced planning/contracts
  • billed on a "pay as you go model"
    • No fixed "I've got 1000 CPU's reserved" notion
    • Only pay for what you actually use
then you are talking a "cloud computing" environment.

Traditional hosting environments, on the other hand, are based on a physical allocation of infrastructure for a contracted amount of time.  Still a great solution if you don't need the elasticity.


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