Chapter 6. Cloud Computing Paradigm

As we said at the beginning of Chapter 5, “Tagging and Social Clouds,” the Social Age has brought us both tag clouds and cloud computing. Having looked at tag clouds in some detail and explored the value of tag cloud collaboration for society, we now turn our focus to cloud computing.

Cloud computing is an amazing style of computing that leverages virtualized hardware in a way that changes the way we think about computing—raising expectations about technology and about the accessibility and availability of information. You are probably asking yourself many questions about cloud computing: Exactly how is cloud computing created and consumed? What are the economic factors that give cloud computing ...

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