Cloud: Where cloud comes to earth

Leslie Faughnan looks into the crucial role that data centres play in enabling cloud services.

31st August, 2013
Gary Watson, general manager of Sungard Availability Services in Ireland.

Cloud computing is a metaphor and now industry standard jargon term that tends to break down quickly when combined with other elements of our ICT vocabulary. Infrastructure or platform-as-a-service are good examples. The earthbound reality of today's exploding data and network traffic is exemplified by the data centres that are the real engines powering all of that cloud activity from mobile apps to scientific analytics to much of the world's payment systems.

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