Harnessing the power of utility computing

Ask five IT professionals to define utility computing and you will get five different answers.

6th May, 2006

Ask five IT professionals to define utility computing and you will get five different answers. The term has been applied to a range of different concepts: grid computing, utility computing, pay as you go computing and so on.

In a study commissioned by Horizon Open System, market research and intelligence company iReach found that the current utility computing model has its roots in the ASP (application service provider) model which emerged in the late 1990s.

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