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The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb

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B Green IT and Cloud Computing

“Cloud computing is reshaping the IT marketplace, creating new opportunities for suppliers, and catalyzing changes in traditional IT offerings.”

—IDC, October 20, 2008

Cloud computing has been receiving a great deal of attention in IT during the past year. It is, in actuality, a new label (as of late 2007) for the subset of grid computing that includes utility computing and other approaches to the use of shared computing resources. Cloud computing is an alternative to having local servers or personal devices handling users’ applications. Essentially, it is an idea that the technological capabilities should hover over everything and be available whenever a user wants. Cloud and grid computing were introduced in ...

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