Cloud computing is hot. Even lay consumers who hadn’t heard of it only a year ago, not only know about cloud, but now they use it every day. If you are an Apple (AAPL) iPhone user, you are probably using iCloud. If you are a Google (GOOG) Android user and using voice recognition, you are connecting to cloud. If you are using Microsoft (MSFT) Office, you are probably connecting to SkyDrive, which in essence is allowing you to work in the cloud. Cloud computing simply means use of remote hardware and software over a network such as the Internet. The name cloud originates from a cloud shaped symbol to represent the system diagram of cloud computing. Cloud computing provides economies of scale similar to a power utility that produces power at a central generating station and delivers electricity to customers via a grid.
I read this on MarketWatch and felt it was the most easy-to-understand explanation of what “cloud” computing meant. mHelpDesk has been in the cloud for years, but only in the last 12 months has the topic of “cloud” computing been hot. If you aren’t sure what the cloud means, this is for you: