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The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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Chapter 29. Soaring in the Clouds

This is called, using the conquered foe to augment one’s own strength.

—Sun Tzu

Cloud computing is probably the most important advancement in technology since the Internet. Although most people think of it as a recent innovation, the reality is that the cloud has taken more than a decade to become a reality. In this chapter, we cover the history that led up to the launch of cloud computing, discuss the common characteristics of clouds, and finish the chapter by examining the pros and cons of cloud computing.

Cloud computing is important to scalability because it offers the promise of cheap, on-demand storage and compute capacity. This has many advantages, and a few disadvantages, for physical hardware scaling. ...

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