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Information technologists - particularly those in higher education - are skeptical about hype. After all, haven't the authors all seen, heard of, tried, used, or continued to use service bureaus, application hosts, grids, and other sourcing techniques? So what is different about the cloud? The first key difference is technical: the maturity1. Great Promises /Great Hype. This review of the literature and concurrent widespread discussions with IT leaders suggests that, despite the hype, cloud computing is an important development on par with the shift from mainframe to client-server based computing.
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