>Cloud Computing and Enterprise Architecture

>The Wall Street Journal, 8 October 2007 reported that IBM and Google “are starting a program on college campuses to promote computer programming techniques for clusters of processors knows as ‘clouds.’’

In this case, the cloud computers will be accessible from the following universities: University of Washington (in Seattle), Carnegie Mellon, MIT, University of California (at Berkeley), and University of Maryland.

Cloud computing “allows computers in remote data centers to run parallel, increasing their processing power…it allows companies and universities to share resources and not have to expand their own costly data centers.”

Some of the potential issues with cloud computing include:

  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Ease of use

Google and IBM are perfect partners for this venture, because Google is already as master at cloud computing as the basis for its search technology, and IBM is a master at running data centers.

Other technology giants such such as Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard are also developing approaches to cloud computing.

Forrester research says “this is the next generation of computer architecture.”

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