Cloud Computing Security: Making Virtual Machines Cloud Ready

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing has been compared to the early proliferation of electricity. Homes, businesses and towns did not want to produce or rely on their own source of power. They began connecting into a greater power grid, supported and controlled by power utilities. Along with this utility connection came time and cost savings, in addition to greater access to, and more reliable availability of power. Similarly, cloud computing represents significant opportunity for service providers and enterprises. Relying on cloud computing, enterprises can achieve cost savings, flexibility, and choice for computing resources. They are looking to cloud computing to expand their on-premise infrastructure, by adding capacity on demand. This paper covers the variation of cloud computing that is also called utility computing, or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

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