For the students of Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara (SDM) College of Business Management, who attended the concluding day of a two-day UGC-sponsored national conference on “Recent trends in cloud computing” here on Thursday, the topic meant different things.

The conference was organised by the college in association with Computer Society of India, Student chapter, and the National Institute of Technology-Karnataka (NIT-K), Surathkal.

Abhishek Rao K, a second year student of BCA, said that cloud computing was “a collection of networks”. He said that a business could get infrastructure from a service provider and pay for the services (instead of the business investing itself paying and investing a large amount in buying infrastructure).

While Prajwal D'Souza said that cloud computing was an interesting new trend, Sujay, another student of the same college, said: “It is a new concept in India and is already known in the West.”

Reshmi, faculty member of SDM College of Business Management, said that 110 students attended the workshop on each of the two days. Manjaiah D.H., Chairman, Department of Computer Science, Mangalore University, and resource person at the conference, said that public utilities such as providing water, electricity, gas and phones could benefit from cloud computing.

Keywords: Cloud computing