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The Cloud at Your Service: The when, how, and why of enterprise cloud computing by Arthur Mateos, Jothy Rosenberg

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Chapter 1. What is cloud computing?

This chapter covers

  • Defining the five main principles of cloud computing
  • Benefiting from moving to the cloud
  • How evolving IT led to cloud computing
  • Discussing the different layers (types) of clouds

Cloud computing is the hottest buzzword in the IT world right now. Let’s understand why this is and what this cloud computing hype is all about. A growing consensus among cloud vendors, analysts, and users defines cloud computing at the highest level as computing services offered by a third party, available for use when needed, that can be scaled dynamically in response to changing needs. Cloud computing represents a departure from the norm of developing, operating, and managing IT systems. From the economic ...

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