Despite being a hot technology topic, cloud computing can be downright nebulous when it comes to precisely defining itself. "As with many popular new technology trends, there are probably as many definitions out there as there are different analysts and vendors," says Marie Wieck, vice president of middleware services at IBM. "In IBM's view it's really a fundamental extension of the Internet computing model, and it is a platform that provides the ability for companies to access services and resources much more quickly."
Another industry problem is that cloud computing is still in a relatively early stage of development. Gartner believes that it will require several years and many changes in the market before cloud computing becomes a mainstream IT effort.
Source: News Factor
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