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Navigating Network Complexity: Next-generation Routing with SDN, Service Virtualization, and Service Chaining by Jeff Tantsura, Russ White

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Chapter 13. Complexity and the Cloud

Cloud computing is one of the big movements in the networking and information technology worlds right now. Mostly everyone wants to either build a cloud, or use one. In response, the industry has built a set of definitions, practices, and concepts around cloud computing that almost everyone knows—and almost no one really understands.

The promise of cloud, of course, is that by putting your stuff in the cloud you’re outsourcing all the infrastructure and management to someone else—someone who, in theory, can manage the infrastructure cheaper than you can, and can provide you with on-demand services as you need them. Moving to the cloud should save you lots of money and time. At least that’s the theory.

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