Guest Editors' Introduction: Special Issue on Cloud Computing

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Executive Summary

Cloud is a novel computing paradigm that builds on the foundations of distributed computing, grid computing, networking, virtualization, service orientation, and marketoriented computing. Cloud provides flexible resource allocation on demand with the promise of realizing elastic, Internet-accessible computing on a pay-as-you-go basis. Cloud services include infrastructure such as computing and storage servers, platforms such as operating systems, and application software; these are often referred to as infrastructure-as-a-service or IaaS, platform-as-a-service or PaaS, and software-as-a-service or SaaS, respectively

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