Date Added: Feb 2011
The image of a cloud is often used to represent the Internet or any other large networked environment and now it has given rise to the IT industry's latest buzz phrase 'Cloud computing'. Cloud computing involves a provider delivering a variety of IT enabled resources to consumers as a service over the Internet and industry pundits have claimed that in five years, cloud technology will have a footprint in every business that does IT, changing the entire computer industry. At the front end are the client computers and the application required to access the cloud computing system. At the back end are the various computers, servers and data storage systems that create the 'Cloud' of computing services.