Computer companies love terms like cloud-based services. Most of the people involved have no clear idea what it means but they know it will be of great benefit to the consumer once they have bought it.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Platform as a service (PaaS).
Software as a service (SaaS).
The term cloud is, in fact, a marketing term and is an abstraction for a complex infrastructure which typically will use both the internet and company (or government department) owned major computers.
Will it work? Not, perhaps, at the beginning, but eventually it will probably be the way all industry runs its computing.
CloudBurst is the name of an IBM large server which can be accessed by individual computers. Or, in marketing speak, it is a HS22 blade appliance designed to allow end users to provision VMware virtual machines, which are managed from a central location.
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