10 Most Disruptive Technologies - #4
4. Cloud Computing
An extension of grid computing, SOA (service-oriented architecture) and utility computing, cloud computing represents software and infrastructure as a service. Salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services have ridden this wave for several years now, and the model is changing things at Microsoft and Google, which just released its Google App Engine. Expect Microsoft to release a database cloud product later in 2008. The cloud will impact customers, partners and the IT ecosystem, Gartner claims.
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