Utility Computing

UtilityComputing refers to the supply and consumption of computing resources on a "PayAsYouGo" basis, similar to utilities such as electricity and water.

There has been a renewed interest in outsourcing IT services to ApplicationServiceProvider (or ASP, see

This is prompted by:

The author of DoesItMatter blogged about UtilityComputing in his July 2006 entry titled "The Third Age of IT".

SAAS, software as a service, is gaining popularity, according to IDC analyst in a conference reported within article titled "SAAS returns" at

The article also registered objections by some people against excessive claims made by vendors.

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