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Learning AWS - Second Edition by Amit Shah, Aurobindo Sarkar

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Defining cloud computing

Wikipedia defines cloud computing as:

"…internet-based computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow the centralized data storage, and online access to computer services or resources."

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) gives the following definition of cloud computing:

"…a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."

There are several other broadly accepted definitions of cloud computing. Some explicitly emphasize configurability of ...

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