GeekSpeak: Cloud Computing

Businesses of all sizes benefit greatly from Cloud Computing. The biggest advantage is you don’t need the knowledge necessary to develop or maintain the infrastructure, development environment or apps.


Because being able to outsource all of the housing and maintenance expenses provides real cost benefits to small businesses. (A handful of downsides will be presented and discussed this evening.)

Cloud Computing Presentation

Cloud computing is using web applications or server services that you pay to access rather than software or hardware you buy and install, as cloud computing encompasses more than web apps and data storage.

There are three categories of cloud computing:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides virtual infrastructure like servers & data storage space.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides development environment services where users create & run home-grown apps.

Software as a Service (SaaS) provides access to already created apps operating in the Cloud.

(Those who use cloud computing to access online accounting and payroll services are using SaaS.)

Cloud computing is not just some clever, catchy name – especially when you consider cloud to be a basic metaphor for the Internet.


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About Thor Tolo

Thor came to Seattle in 2004 after seven years anchoring sports and hosting an evening talk show once honored as Pennsylvania’s best at the world’s first radio station KDKA. He covered his fourth Super Bowl as host of "Live From Seattle" before anchoring news for Seattle's KOMO Newsradio. Thor enjoyed an Emmy award winning TV career in Cleveland before hosting mornings on Twin Cities sports station KFAN - the flagship station of the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network he anchored in the mid-1990s. Thor lives in Belltown and is pursuing his Master of Communication in Digital Media (exp. 2012) at the University of Washington.

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