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Web 2.0 Fundamentals: With AJAX, Development Tools, and Mobile Platforms by Kevin Nilson, Oswald Campesato

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CHAPTER 10Cloud Computing Part I

In This Chapter:

• What is Cloud Computing?

• Amazon Web Services (AWS)

• IBM Cloud Labs

• Google App Engine (GAE)

• Microsoft Windows Azure

• Yahoo Cloud Computing

• Other Cloud Computing Initiatives

• Industry Perspective

Although cloud computing is hardly a new concept, it has gained a lot of visibility in the IT industry recently. A top-100 list of cloud computing companies was published in 2008, and in 2009 cloud computing gained additional momentum, despite some of its critics, such as Richard Stallman. Larry Ellison (CEO of Oracle) also dismissed the importance of cloud computing in 2008, but a year later he changed his position, which may have been influenced by Oracle’s acquisition of SUN (which also has a cloud ...

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