Barnatt brings admirable clarity to this nebulous topic. --New Scientist
From the Author
This guide to cloud computing was written in the first four months of 2010. During that period the US Airforce signed a cloud computing deal with IBM. A company called Layar also announced the first commercial augmented reality app store, while Google released Google Googles, the first visual search application. Not to be outdone, Apple launched its highly anticipated iPad tablet to provide a new means of accessing the cloud. And perhaps most amazingly, even Microsoft `went cloud' with a new cloud services website, the launch of its Azure platform, and a claim by CEO Steve Ballmer that he is `betting the company' on cloud computing.
As these developments hopefully illustrate, cloud computing is now far more than hype. Understanding the Cloud Computing Revolution is therefore pretty essential for anybody wanting to use computers more effectively, advance their career, or manage a business more successfully.
Within a decade cloud computing will be essential to be competitive, to be green, and to enable innovation. None of us can therefore ignore cloud computing. Our only real choice is whether we want to be part of the cloud computing steamroller of the traditional computing road.