Barely a week seems to go by without a tech company waxing lyrical about cloud computing. Whether it is Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report), which added more flesh to the bones of its online services strategy, Dell (DELL - Get Report), IBM (IBM - Get Report) or Hewlett-Packard (HPQ - Get Report), everyone seems to be banging the cloud drum.
There has certainly been plenty of hype, but what about the reality? Cloud services, which offer compute power and storage via the Internet, are apparently the next big thing, but just how far along is this technology?
"It's definitely an evolution in progress," Katy Huberty, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, told
TheStreet.com, explaining that no single tech company is holding all the cards. "From an end-to-end business solution
With the technology still in its adolescence, it is hard to say precisely when cloud technology will provide significant upside to investors. It is useful, however, to first make a distinction between the different types of clouds that are available -- basically "private" vs. "public."
Bulls in the Clouds