Chapter 1. Introduction


1.1 Objectives of This Book

1.2 What This Book Does Not Cover

1.3 Who This Book Is For

1.4 How This Book Is Organized

1.5 Conventions

1.6 Additional Information

The past couple of decades saw the business-centric concept of outsourcing services and the technology-centric notion of utility computing evolve along relatively parallel streams. When they finally met to form a technology landscape with a compelling business case and seismic impacts on the IT industry as a whole, it became evident that what resultantly was termed and branded as “cloud computing” was more than just another IT trend. It had become an opportunity ...

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