Most Popular Cloud Computing Videos

In the final installment of our review of the most popular YouTube videos in different sectors of the data center realm, we look today at the Cloud Computing category. This round-up of the most popular videos on cloud computing all share a common thread: explanation. Each attempts to define and describe what cloud computing is and why it is a faster, more efficient and better way to deploy business applications. One, Cloud Computing Explained, goes into detail about cloud hosting. Perhaps most intriguing is Larry Ellison's vituperation on the usage of the term cloud computing, where he asserts cloud computing is not about water vapor. Enjoy!

What is Cloud Computing?
Views: 237,000-plus

Internet experts at the Web 2.0 Expo in 2008 describe cloud computing, including Tim O'Reilly, Dan Farber, Matt Mullenweg, Jay Cross, Brian Solis, Kevin Marks, Steve Gillmor, Jeremy Tanner, Maggie Fox, Tom McGovern, Sam Lawrence, Stowe Boyd, David Tebbutt, Dave McClure, Chris Carfi, Vamshi Krishna and Rod Boothby. They were all asked the same question: "What is Cloud Computing?" and each provided their own take on what exactly cloud computing is. This video runs about 10 minutes.

Salesforce.com: What is Cloud Computing?
Views: 234,000-plus

This short animated video by Salesforce.com makes the assertion that traditional business applications and platforms are complicated and expensive because they need a data center with related hardware and utilities, a complex software stack and a team of experts to run them. It explains cloud computing by using this analogy -- the cloud is like a giant office building where everyone shares infrastructure and services (like security) but each tenant can customize its own office space. It also states how using cloud computing services one can do business faster, at lower cost and without eating up valuable IT resources. Video runs 3:20.

Cloud Computing Explained
Views: 200,000-plus

This short animated video (about five minutes) boils down a section of cloud computing, that of cloud infrastructure and cloud hosting in very simple and understandable terms. This was produced by Michael Sheehan and Tim Wayne of GoGrid.

Why Larry Ellison Hates 'Cloud Computing'
Views: 111,000-plus

Larry Ellison, CEO and co-founder of Oracle, in a 2009 rant explains why he feels that cloud computing terminology is inaccurate. "Cloud computing is the present and the entire past of computing," he says. "All the cloud is is a computer attached to a network." This video runs five minutes.

For additional video, check out our DCK video archive and the Data Center Videos channel on YouTube.