The Page of Photos sample application is used throughout the book. Parts of it have already been implemented using Windows Azure to demonstrate ideas in the book. The code for Page of Photos (minimalist at first, then built out over time by the author and some accomplices) will be shared in a public repo on GitHub.
Windows Azure Platform: http://www.windowsazure.com
Amazon Web Services: http://aws.amazon.com/
Google App Engine: http://developers.google.com/appengine/
A NIST Definition of Cloud Computing (SP 800-145 Sept. 2011): http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-145/SP800-145.pdf
(NIST) Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations (SP 800-146 May 2012): http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-146/sp800-146.pdf
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