Chapter 2. Building Blocks for Cloud Architectures

At the time of this writing, most large-scale data center deployments are designed with the principles of cloud computing at the forefront. This is equally true for data centers that are built by providers or by large enterprises. This chapter illustrates the design and technology requirements for building a cloud.

Introduction to Cloud Architectures

The National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST) defines cloud computing as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service ...

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