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Databases for Small Business: Essentials of Database Management, Data Analysis,and Staff Training for Entrepreneurs and Professionals by Anna Manning

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CHAPTER  18

Storing Your Database in the Cloud

Cloud computing refers to storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet rather than from your computer’s hard drive. There are a number of key characteristics of the cloud:

  • Services can be obtained directly without the need for the installation and configuration of any hardware or software up-front.
  • Services are generally paid for as they are used, without a long-term contract or up-front payment. This is possible as providers can tell exactly how much of a given service users have consumed.
  • The responsibility to administer software and hardware in the cloud falls solely on the provider.
  • Resources in the cloud are scaled (up or down) by the provider in quick response to changes in demand ...

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