Chapter 1

What Is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing has become such a buzzword in the industry that it is being used to market many different types of software and network services, not all of which really fit the proper, technical definition of the cloud. So, before we examine the use, impact, and security issues of working in the cloud, it is necessary to define what cloud computing really is.

This chapter defines cloud computing, covers the origins of cloud computing, and briefly examines the technologies used in cloud computing to help you understand the role the cloud can play in organizational enterprise planning.

  • Defining cloud computing
  • Understanding distributed application design
  • Understanding resource management automation
  • Understanding ...

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