I’ve noticed people have been saying things like “I am cloud computing because my mail is now on gmail ZOMG”. Storing your mails on the internets is not cloud computing, it’s just online storage. Uploading pics from your phone directly to the web is not cloud computing. Google docs is not cloud computing. Just storing something on the Intarweb does not mean you’re “using cloud computing”. So stop abusing my favorite buzzword :-)
Cloud computing is a far more interesting and far reaching shift than the ability to store your stuff ‘out there’. I think the fundamental principle that defines cloud computing is on-demand resource provisioning. Whether it’s storage or computing power, it means that startups no longer have to spend money up front on data centers. It means that enterprises can save tons of money by not having servers out there idling and burning cash.
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