Cloud Computing For Beginners

Posted May 06, 2010
Wall Street Journal: Cloud Computing For Beginners

What's all this about 'cloud computing.' Veteran tech journalist Walter S. Mossberg offers a primer to explain to regular folks why cloud computing is important and how it can help you.


"The digital world loves to revel in its own jargon, and one of its most popular phrases today is "cloud computing." You see the expression everywhere new uses for the Internet are discussed. But what do techies and companies mean when they refer to doing things in "the cloud"? They aren't talking about meteorology, and all they see when they use the term—which is always singular—is sunshine, not rain.


To help you navigate through the talk about cloud computing, here's a very basic explainer. It doesn't cover every detail current among Internet experts. But I hope it gives regular folks a better understanding of the "cloud" products and services being offered them."

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