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Managing Microsoft Hybrid Clouds by Marcel van den Berg

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Chapter 1. An Introduction to Cloud Computing

In this chapter, we will learn about what cloud actually is, what services are available, what benefits are delivered, and the concerns and barriers for adoption.

We will focus on the benefits and barriers of hybrid cloud and provide a high-level overview of cloud computing.

We will then dive into the features and technologies of Microsoft System Center, Windows Server, and Microsoft Azure in the following chapters.

Here are some of the topics that will be discussed in this chapter:

  • How electricity became a utility and how cloud could evolve
  • The essential characteristics of cloud
  • Service delivery models
  • Benefits of cloud and barriers for adoption
  • An introduction to Microsoft Cloud OS

The way electricity became ...

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