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Cloud Computing: Desktop Virtualization & Thin Client Computing

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Executive Summary

'Cloud computing' or 'computing in the clouds' is a metaphor for software and desktop virtualization and is often called thin-client computing (Nastu, 2008). The Cloud is a synonym for the whole Internet. Faculty and students only need to have a computer, a Web browser, and an Internet connection. Software applications and storage are now free. No longer do computer users need to own their own software applications with all of its cost, as well as, continuous update costs. The software is owned and provided by a company. Users' worries about maintaining their documents in fear of loss and destruction are limited due to the storage provided by a company.

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