Setting the SceneA Brief and Informal History and Introduction to the Cloud

Cloud computing is at the zenith of the hype curve. Everyone is talking about it. Cloud enthusiasts are enthused, marketing has a new hot topic, but skeptics dismiss it as an old idea from forty years ago rewarmed. These views are all justified.

What is the cloud that everyone is talking about? Here is a short and rather dry working definition:

images The cloud is remote computing resources provided as a service.

Service is an often-used term that has many meanings, but here ...

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