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What is cloud computing?

Real Deal podcast: Tom and I do our best to decipher "cloud computing."

In this week's Real Deal podcast, Tom Merritt and I try to explain cloud computing in concrete terms. Starting with an utterly opaque description from Forrester Research, we get into the realities of using the "cloud" of Internet-connected resources for data storage and computing. Then we dive into personal clouds of data--like what Microsoft is trying to build with Live Mesh.

Reminder: We record the Real Deal each Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and we have a live video feed and chatroom running while we're doing so. You can tune in at In our next episode, we'll be discussing the necessary tools for video editing and posting. A lot of those, of course, will be Web apps.

Real Deal 108: Cloud Computing
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