The Importance of Cloud Computing for PHP Developers[Posted by Ian on August 13, 2009 at 12:33 pm ]
You may (or may not) have noticed that there’s A LOT of talk about cloud computing these days. The problem with all this chatter is that it’s incredibly hard to follow. There seems to be a wealth of different definitions of just what cloud computing actually is, and not without good reason. The “cloud” is a pretty ambiguous term, and as such anything attached to it only makes the whole thing a little more ambiguous. Rather than go off on a rant about how all this confusion is leading to a lot of misconceptions about various cloud-based services, let me clarify what I’m going to talk about. This will not be a discussion of certain SaaS stuff living in the cloud (like gmail, twitter, etc.), but rather actual cloud-based computing services and why you need to be using them.