Chapter 9 The Importance of Cloud Computing

The cloud refers to software and computing services that run on a remote computer and are available over the internet using a web browser or applications on your computing device. The term cloud is new, but not the concept. Actually, it is a twist on an old practice. Remote computing is nothing new. Many organizations operate a data center that provides software and computing services throughout the organization over a virtual private network (VPN). Software resides on an application server—not on local computers throughout the organization. Data resides on a database server in the data center. All computing services are provided by the data center.

Cloud computing is provided by a vendor such as Amazon ...

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