8 Questions on Cloud Computing – 07/14/2010

Traditional hosting assumes that customers pay for a fixed amount of storage space and a fixed amount of bandwidth. But the traffic to many websites varies, and storage and bandwidth needs fluctuate over time.

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For those websites, cloud computing, or cloud hosting, could save them money, as they would pay only for the actual monthly storage and bandwidth usage, and not for excess, unused capacity.

But what, exactly, is cloud computing? How does it work and how does the model apply to ecommerce merchants?

We asked those questions to Brad Gyger, a cloud computing expert and area manager for Engine Yard, a cloud computing provider and a leading Ruby on Rails application deployment and management firm.

Gyger has held roles with both large technology firms and start-ups, including Sun, Oracle, Symantec and Moonlight, Lumension and now Engine Yard.