Cloud computing is internet-based computing whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid.
Cloud computing is a culmination of numerous attempts at large-scale computing with seamless access to virtually limitless resources.
On-demand computing, utility computing, ubiquitous computing, autonomic computing, platform computing, edge computing, elastic computing and grid computing.
A number of characteristics define cloud data, applications services and infrastructure:
- Remotely hosted: Services or data are hosted on a remote infrastructure.
- Ubiquitous: Services or data are available from anywhere.
- Commodified: The result is a utility computing model similar to traditional of traditional utilities, like gas and electricity; you pay for what you need!
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