Elastic Data and Cloud Computing

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing is one of those recklessly abused and overloaded terms that mean different things to different people, eventually serving to confuse more than clarify when used in conversation. When cloud computing initially began its run up the hype curve, many dismissed it as a new name for an old offering: managed hosting services from web hosting providers. But cloud computing is something different, and it is dramatically altering the economics of software delivery, especially the delivery of web applications. In this white paper, NorthScale presents a cloud computing taxonomy and outlines the infrastructure software components required to build a cloud computing environment.

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