Technology: 'To the Cloud'
Because of a new concept, "cloud computing,â€ the virtual office has just expanded. You can now access your computer system from anywhere in the world, while using project management, CRM (customer relationship management) and other software packages.
The cloud computing model has changed the rules of the game. All servers, networks, applications and other elements related to data centers are available via the Internet.
The cloud model differs from traditional outsourcers in that customers don’t hand over their own IT resources to be managed. Instead they plug into the "cloudâ€ for infrastructure services, platform (operating system) services, or software services, treating the "cloudâ€ much as they would an internal data center or computer providing the same functions.
In a recent Oracle white paper, the NIST (National Institute for Standards) identified the five essential characteristics of cloud computing.