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HP SVP: Cloud Computing Is 'Real, Disruptive'

By Thomas Claburn, Information Week, October 15, 2008, 11:30

As befits its name, cloud computing is somewhat amorphous. But it's no less real for its lack of clear boundaries.

At the Cloud Summit Executive conference on Tuesday, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., M.R. Rangaswami, co-founder of Sand Hill Group and host of the conference, said he had found 25 definitions for cloud computing. He didn't say whether
Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison's definition -- that cloud computing is industry marketing gibberish -- was among them.

Rangaswami's aim for the conference was to help the tech industry arrive at a better understanding of what cloud computing is and is not. Toward that end, he invited Thomas E. Hogan, senior VP for Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) software, onstage to present Hewlett-Packard's view of cloud computing in the enterprise.

Hogan recounted how his wife, after seeing him prepare for cloud computing presentations, finally asked him, "What is cloud computing and do I need to be scared?"

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