CHAPTER 12

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Using Data in the Cloud

Unless you live out in the sticks, you probably buy electricity from a power company rather than run your own generator. Likewise, the “Cloud” delivers computing infrastructure as a service rather than a product. The physical servers, storage, connectivity, IT staff, planning, provisioning, and management infrastructure all live somewhere else but are controlled by you.

Why is that good for your organization? Isn’t buying better than renting?

Let’s say you are about to deliver a groundbreaking application, “Slightly Incensed Fowl”, to the market. You estimate server traffic patterns, order servers, hire IT staff, ...

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