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So what’s cloud computing?

Much as Jobs would probably love to believe it (and might even have already filed for a patent), he isn’t the one who invented the term “cloud.” He’s not even the first to publicly use it. If memory serves, the first high-profile usage of the term “Cloud Computing” must have been Google’s Eric Schmidt back in 2006 during a search engine strategies conference. The then-CEO of the Internet giant used the term to describe the company’s approach to SaaS, or software as a service.

When asked about Google’s development of Internet-based services, Schmidt said, “It starts with the premise that the data services and architecture should be on servers. We call it cloud computing–they should be in a ‘cloud’ somewhere…”

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