Cloud Computing: A Taxonomy of Platform and Infrastructure-Level Offerings

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing is a buzzword and umbrella term applied to several nascent trends in the turbulent landscape of information technology. Computing in the "cloud" alludes to ubiquitous and inexhaustible on-demand IT resources accessible through the Internet. Practically every new Internet-based service from Gmail to Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Online Services to even Facebook have been labeled "cloud" offerings, either officially or externally. Although cloud computing has garnered significant interest, factors such as unclear terminology, non-existent product "paper launches", and opportunistic marketing have led to a significant lack of clarity surrounding discussions of cloud computing technology and products. The need for clarity is well-recognized within the industry

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