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Global CIO: Cloud Computing's New Name: 500 Reader Suggestions!

The CEOs of HP and IBM say "cloud computing" is a lousy name, so we asked you to come up with a new term--and your 500 responses tell us a lot about ourselves.
BizOnDemand or BizGrid--I'll give you a 5% referral fee if I win! From George.

*The Collective, from Leo

*Computing Lift (Live Instant Flexible Technology Computing); Robust Computing (Range Of Business Usable Swift Technology); Flexible Computing; Computing Heart (High Elastic Arena of Robust Technology).

*Ubiquitous, from Michelle

*WebWorld Infrastructure Services, WebWorld Computing Services, WebWorld Virtual Services, from Lynn

*Computing Grid, Application Grid, Information Grid, from Alec

*Virtual Business Infrastructure (VBI), Virtual Business Services (VBS), Virtual Business Computing (VBC), from Louis

*Flex Computing, Flex-IT, Flex-On (for "on demand"), Flex software-as--service would be called "Flexies". From Mike.

*Virtualized Computing Services, Virtualized Application Services, Virtualized Platform Services, Virtualized Security Services, Virtualized Desktop Services, and Virtualized Infrastructure Services. From Eric.

*Logical computing.

*Pervasive Computing, from Doug

*Virtual Enterprise Network Service Architecture, from William

*On this set I think William overdid the Red Bull by about half a gallon: Services Unbound, Virtual Bazaar, Web Bazaar, Net Bazaar, Universal Bazaar, Services without Borders, Limitless Computing, Virtual Market, Virtually Exchanged Service Platform Architecture (VESPA), Virtually Exchanged Service Trade (VEST), Freedom Reigns Over Services Traded - Virtually (FROST-V), Computing Actualized Today, Freedom For Computing (FFC), Computing Released, Computing Unbound, Computing Achieved Beyond Local Entities (CABLE), Computing Realty has Achieved Platonic Ideal (CRAPI) lol, Computing Reality Achieved Freedom To Energize (CRAFTE), Computing Reality Actualizes Virtually Energized Services (CRAVES). From William.

*DDE Data Distribution Environment; CDC Customer DataCenter, from Evan

*Shared Computing Infrastructure SCI; or Shared Virtual Infrastructure SVI; or Shared Computing Resources SCR. From Leos.

*SkyNet; also, UCI ubiquitous computing infrastructure. From Thomas. (I think that's the third separate nomination of SkyNet.)

*Techno Computing, Cyber-Computing, Deep Space Computing, from Ted

*GLOBAL COMPUTING SERVICES INFRASTRUCTURE (GCSI); GLOBAL COMPUTING SERVICES ARCHITECTURE (GCSA); GLOBAL COMMERCE COMPUTING ARCHITECTURE (GCCA); GLOBAL COMMERCE COMPUTING NETWORK (GCCN); GLOBAL COMMERCE COMPUTING PLATFORM (GCCP); GLOBAL COMMERCE ORIENTED COMPUTING SERVICES INFRASTRUCTURE (GCOCSI); GLOBAL COMMERCE ORIENTED COMPUTING SERVICES ARCHITECTURE (GCOCSA); GLOBAL BUSINESS ORIENTED COMPUTING SERVICES PLATFORM (GBOCSP). From BB.

*FITS = Full IT Service, from Wayne

*Virtual Service Infrastructure, Virtual Service Delivery Infrastructure, Virtual Infrastructure Service Architecture (VISA), from Bob

*Scale-Based Solutions, from Larry

*Now Computing, Virtual Computing, Next Computing, Flow Computing, Shared Computing, Union Computing, from Roosevelt

*Virtual Enterprise Computing (VEC), "Let Your Bits Do the Walking"; AppWorld; WAPP (World Wide Web Applications); VirtuNet Dynamic Infrastructure, "The only place to compute!"; VirtuNet On-Demand Enterprise Computing "Let Your Bits Do the Walking"; VirtuNet Enterprise Computing; VirtuComp Enterprise Service "Let Your Fingers Do the Computing"; SoftServ Enterprise Solution (SES); Managed SoftServ Infrastructure (MSI) "Serving up software with a smile"; Managed SoftServ Enterprise (MSE). From Bill.

*P.I.A.D. = Pool Initiative for Application Delivery; G.S.P. = Global Services Protocol; G.D.P. = Global Delivery Protocol. From Dave

*The Matrix, from Nadia.

*Virtual Data Bank; Clustered Data Bank; Clustered Data Centre, from Stefan

*Universal Computing, from Patrick

*Ready Access Computing, Ready Computing, Infrastructure At Your Service, Portal Computing, IT Storefront, Computing Catalog, Computing Mall. From Cathy.

*Off-Premises Services, from Lynn

*"Since clouds eventually rain": RAIN - Remote Application Infrastructure Network, from Brad

*"How about Advanced Dynamically Distributed Computing? Or ADD Computing. Half the media on these topics already suffer from ADD, so it may stick (for a month or so)." From Andy. --Bob's reply: Andy, you give the media far too much credit!

*PODS - Paradigm for On-Demand Services; SODA - Service On-demand Delivery Architecture; SAVER - Service Architecture for Virtual Efficient and Rapid deployment; SODSD - Subscription based On-Demand Service Delivery; SODAVE - Service On-demand Delivery Architecture using Virtualized Environments; SODADSC - Service On-demand Delivery Architecture using Dynamically Scalable Computers. From Raju.

*Ephemeral Computing, from Steven

*CONCEDE Computing: C omputing O n-demand N etwork C ommanding E vent D riven Environment, from Clark

*Parallel Universe Computing, Parallel Paradise Computing, Parallel Computing Analogous Computing Infrastructure, Blue Sky Computing, Secure Remote Computing, Secure Freedom Computing, from Diane

*REAPER = Remote Entity Application Processing and Electronic Resourcing. "This does not have the right connotation until you lose your job for having data lost as a result of implementing a network that ends up destroying mission critical and unrecoverable information." Tom

*Everest, from Troy

*Virtual internet network and infrastructure - vini (I came in Latin); Virtual internet data infrastructure vidi (I saw in Latin); Virtual internet communications and infrastructure vici (I conquered in Latin); Virtual internet data architecture vida (life in Spanish/Portuguese). From Jos

*"Cloud Computing = Computricity, plug into it and use what you need, just like another popular utility," from Wayne

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