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Brief History

Cloud Computing as it is today hasn't been around for a very long time. In the 1960s the concept of one day having computers arranged in a Public Form was devised. The concept was to have the computers in an arrangement that is similar to how the National Grid operates. However, the idea lay somewhat dormant until the late 1990s and early 2000s. Recently, large advances in availability of the Internet to a huge proportion of the population meant that SalesForce.com was founded. They provided applications for companies such as Google and Yahoo! Which are well known global companies. Also, they pioneered the use of Software as a Service which will be explained later.

Microsoft took this further and developed Web Services, something that some of us use today. Since 2000 companies like Google and IBM have spearheaded Cloud Computing research and are researching the future of Cloud Computing. The advancement of Cloud Computing is exciting and at the present we are only just scratching the surface of what is possible.

Types of clouds

There are five main types of "cloud" that are available.

A public cloud

A public cloud is a cloud that is found over the Internet (a public network). A Public Cloud will allow access using the on demand model outlined above. Although the name suggests anyone can see everything you still have your own private files.

A private cloud

A private cloud is a type of cloud designed for businesses which is set up and run within the business itself. Unlike a public cloud it is available only to those within the company and is not run by an external cloud provider.

A Hybrid cloud

A special type of cloud which combines the Private and Public clouds together. So that within a company there may be a private cloud perhaps handling HR and then external clouds for other areas of the business.

A Bare Metal cloud

A special type of cloud which combines the Private and Public clouds together. So that within a company there may be a private cloud perhaps handling HR and then external clouds for other areas of the business.

A Managed cloud

A special type of cloud which combines the Private and Public clouds together. So that within a company there may be a private cloud perhaps handling HR and then external clouds for other areas of the business.

Each type of cloud has its own benefits and disadvantages and there are also some large overall benefits to using any kind of Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing enables you to access all your files from anywhere with an internet connection. It could eventually spell the end of USB Memory Sticks and other portable media devices as you can get at your files pretty much anywhere on the globe. This could be a huge leap forward for businesses that need to quickly share data across the globe. But it's not just your files. You can also access all your programs and settings as well. This means your computer exists as part of a server somewhere and you simply login to use it wherever you happen to be. Of course there are some things you need. Unlike today, where the spec of your computer really limits what you can do when using Cloud Computing you can use a far lower spec machine as all the processing is happening on the server you are simply viewing your desktop.

Another huge benefit is security. If you lost your computer now what personal or business information could someone be able to get at on your hard drive? With Cloud Computing losing your computer is not as much of a security issue as it is an inconvenience. However, your data is still stored somewhere so security is still an issue but large data centres can pay a lot of money employing people and buying hardware to protect your data; much more than what you can do so your data is far safer than if you stored it at home.

Market Size and Key Players

The Market Size for Cloud Computing is an ever growing one. The Market is predicted to be worth $160BN by 2011 according to Merrill Lynch. This is a large amount of money and companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace and GoGrid are investing in Cloud Computing because of the potential. In order to find the best Cloud Computing Provider/Hoster visit our site http://www.cloudcomputingproviders.net

For a detailed overview of all Cloud Storage Providers, please take a look at http://www.cloudstorageproviders.net

Cloud Computing Platforms

At the moment, the biggest Cloud Computing Platforms are the ones from Salesforce (force.com) and Microsoft, but the landscape is changing rapidly. There are new providers emerging every day and there are simply too many to cover here so in order to keep you up to date we provide full coverage on http://www.cloudcomputingplatforms.net

Conclusions

In conclusion, Cloud Computing is a new technology that will be affecting us in the near future. It's an exciting prospect to be able to access your files and programs anywhere in the world whenever you want. The future looks great for Cloud Computing and with companies investing heavily in the idea we are set to see many developments very soon.