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Mythbusters: Cloud Computing Is a Deployment Model, Not a Point Product

Cloud computing gives you a new way to access many different types of software, no matter how small your company

It seems that everyone's talking about how cloud computing is the answer to all your technology problems—and, depending on your problems, it may be. But before you can use the cloud, you need to understand what it is.

Cloud computing is not a product that you purchase; cloud computing is a deployment model. It is a new way to access and use software for your small company; it is also a new way for vendors to sell their products. How you use cloud computing is up to you.

Simply put, cloud computing allows you to use a vendor's software over the Internet. Though the software is hosted on the provider's server, it functions on users’ computers in the same way as installed software—your employees simply connect to it online. You do not purchase and install the application on your server or your desktops; depending on the cloud-based software (also referred to as Software-as-a-Service or SaaS), you might install a specialized client that people use to connect to the service or users might simply connect through their Web browser.

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