Chapter 3. Understanding Cloud Computing


3.1 Origins and Influences

3.2 Basic Concepts and Terminology

3.3 Goals and Benefits

3.4 Risks and Challenges

This is the first of two chapters that provide an overview of introductory cloud computing topics. It begins with a brief history of cloud computing along with short descriptions of its business and technology drivers. This is followed by definitions of basic concepts and terminology, in addition to explanations of the primary benefits and challenges of cloud computing adoption.

3.1. Origins and Influences

A Brief History

The idea of computing in a “cloud” traces back to the origins of utility ...

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