Palo Alto (CA) - Whether you like it or not, cloud computing is shaping up more and more to become one of the key IT trends of the next decade. Today, cloud computing consists of too many unknown variables and most cloud services available could be considered transitional services at best. HP, Intel and Yahoo are now taking a lead role in this trend and are building a huge cloud computing playground for researchers in the hope that convincing applications will be developed and open questions will be answered.
If the IT industry has its way, the way how we use software today could soon be history. Instead of owning a local copy of software and instead of storing data on a local hard drive, the vision is that we will be using (internet-based) services as the foundation of everyday computing. HP already has outlined its ideas as "Everything as a Service," which defines devices and services to interact seamlessly through the cloud. HP believes that, sometime in the near future, businesses and individuals will use services that anticipate their needs based on location, preferences, calendar and communities