An Introduction to the Possibilities (and Risks) of Cloud Computing

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Executive Summary

There has been increasing hype about cloud computing during the last year. Big companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon have announced their strategies for cloud computing. Smaller companies, even start-ups, have offered their services. As always, when something is hyped a lot, it's good to ask why one cares about it, and what are the benefits to be gained by customers. This last installment of the Architectural Manifesto explores, at a high level, cloud computing and its possibilities for both vendors and customers. Often called Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud computing is also sometimes referred to as Everything as a Service (EaaS). It can include the servers, databases, software, or any combination of them.

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