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'Cloud Computing' Puts Computer Resources on Tap

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'Cloud Computing' Puts Computer Resources on Tap

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'Cloud Computing' Puts Computer Resources on Tap

'Cloud Computing' Puts Computer Resources on Tap

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A new technology aims to make computer power, like electricity, a pay-as-you-go enterprise, potentially bringing supercomputing to the masses.

If you need electricity for your house, you don't go to the store and buy it — you just flip a switch. Maybe in the future, if you need a more powerful computer, you could do the same thing — instead of buying a new model, just click the mouse.

Steve Inskeep talks to Craig Balding, an an information technology security expert for a Fortune 500 company, about what is known as "cloud computing." His company doesn't want its name disclosed; it's very sensitive about security.