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Cloud Computing: Challenges And Future Directions

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing can be defined as a pool of virtualized computing resources that allows users to gain access to applications and data in a web-based environment on demand. This paper explains the various cloud architecture and usage models that exist and some of the benefits in using cloud services. It seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the emerging threat landscape created by cloud computing, with a view to identifying avenues for risk reduction.

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