The servers where the data and applications reside are becoming fewer but more powerful. What was a supercomputer in the past will now be a server for the applications accessed by laptops, thin clients, tablets or smartphones. Using less, but more efficient servers also helps achieve Green IT, which saves energy both for the servers directly, as well as that used for cooling them, thus helping the environment. These servers can also be referred to as the "cloud."
Cloud services, where the name "cloud" is given to what we have long known as accessible servers, are becoming ubiquitous and manifold. Even small enterprises and freelance organizations, such as those of doctors, dentists or lawyers, will start to deploy their own personal clouds, which means their computer systems will be accessible from their owners over the public Internet.
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