What is Cloud Computing?
Wikipedia explains Cloud Computing:
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).
Cloud computing entrusts services (typically centralized) with a user's data, software and computation on a published application programming interface (API) over a network. It has considerable overlap with software as a service (SaaS).
End users access cloud based applications through a web browser or a light weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Cloud application providers strive to give the same or better service and performance than if the software programs were installed locally on end-user computers.
At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of infrastructure convergence (or Converged Infrastructure) and shared services. This type of data centre environment allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with easier manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust IT resources (such as servers, storage, and networking) to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.
You can find the complete source of this definition at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Computing
CM Studio applications in the Cloud
MASCH applications, including the CM Studio .ECM-SERVER or CM Studio .E-ARCHIVE, are based on the Content Management Server CM Studio /CE-SERVER.
The CM Studio Web Content Management Server is an application is from its basic structure dedicated to be the ultimate application for Cloud Services or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. The basic use of an Internet browser as a client, supports the decision, whether CM Studio is used in a Local Area Network (LAN) or as Cloud solution in data center very simple. Ultimately from the perspective of a client workstation the physical location of the CM Studio Server application is completely irrelevant.
In particular for small and medium-sized businesses that do not have extensive IT network structures, the cloud-based solution of the CM Studio applications is a very attractive alternative to the traditional client/server business model.
Software applications stored in the Cloud, may offer you various advantages: