Added a definition of cloud to included computing term.Edit
Increasingly computer scientists are referring to the "cloud" as the suspended, hosted, mass that provides remote computing resources. See for example the: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. This is common usage in computing and becoming much more prevalent.
Computing sense. SemperBlotto 21:39, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
I disagree with the definition. The following two quotes, The Industry Standard 1999, are more in line with my understanding.
"We always drew networks as amoeba-like things because they had no fixed topology and typically covered varying geographic areas," says Vint Cerf, cocreator of TCP/IP, the language of networked computers. In short, no one needs to know the exact route their data will take to get from point to point. Everything is fine as long as it comes out of the cloud at the correct address."
"Novelist William Gibson, who coined the word "cyberspace" in his classic novel Neuromancer, first encountered the Net-as-cloud metaphor while preparing for his first video teleconference. He asked the tech guys how the signals would travel across the Net. It's not going across the Net, they told him. It's going through "the cloud" - through the totality of all the phone links in the world." AlMaki
- rfvfailed Cynewulf 03:59, 16 June 2007 (UTC)