Chapter 2

Laying the Groundwork


Although the cloud is a group of services, not technologies, the rapid growth it has experienced would not have been possible without the right technologies. Many different technologies go into making the cloud happen. In this chapter, we review some of these technologies and the role they have played in making the cloud viable.


virtualization; utility; distributed; authentication; federated; SOAP; REST; identity; IdP; provider; HTML; JBOSS; JSON; Ruby; Java; JavaScript; ACS; factor; PHP; ASP; public; private

Chapter Points

■ Authentication

■ Computing Concepts

■ Hardware Virtualization

■ Web Development Technologies


The cloud is about services, but there are a number of technology ...

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