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Dion Hinchliffe, over at ZDNet, has a great description of cloud computing, why it’s gathering steam, and how it may impact enterprise applications in the years to come.
Enterprise cloud computing gathers steam | Enterprise Web 2.0 | ZDNet.com
The days when organizations carefully cultivated vast data centers consisting of an endless sea of hardware and software are not over, at least not yet. However, the groundwork for their eventual transformation and downsizing is rapidly being laid in the form of something increasingly known as “cloud computing.” This network-based model for computing promises to move many traditional IT capability out to 3rd party services on the network.
It’s a lengthy post that I would recommend everyone to read.