Everyone’s talking about Cloud computing. Let’s talk.
We know that cloud computing is a term reinvented for Web2.0. It has existed in many names, especially by the name: Internet. Essentially, cloud computing moves applications or services from client to server. The client, in turn, fetches the remote services using web services.
So what’s the fuzz about cloud computing in 2008? Amazon has been doing it for years now through Amazon Web Services. Maybe because Google and Microsoft have now decided to crash the party. Microsoft launched Azure in October. This got people talking.
China doesn’t want to be left behind. Baidu has announced Aladdin, a plan to improve Baidu’s search capabilities. Baidu can’t help by referring Aladdin as to having significant cloud capability. Baidu’s CTO, Li YiNan went on to refer cloud computing as the next most important core technology after search.
A friend was recruited by Alibaba to do computational work. Alibaba talked about recruiting developers to develop a new computational-intensive technology whereby thousands of machines are used to store, manage and analyze data. Hmm, sounds like cloud.
Google China obviously can’t be left out. KaiFu Lee, the face of Google China talked about cloud computing. He said the reason Google build Chrome was because of Cloud Computing.
2009 for China’s cloud computing will be like 2008’s in the west.
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