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Infrastructure clouds created ideal conditions for users to outsource their infrastructure needs by offering on-demand, short-term access, pay-as-you-go business model, the use of virtualization technologies which provide a safe and cost-effective way for users to manage and customize their environments, and sheer convenience, as users and institutions no longer have to have specialized IT departments and can focus on their core mission instead. These key innovations however also bring challenges which include high levels of failure; lack of interoperability between cloud providers, which puts significant lock-in pressure on the user, and lack of tools that allow users to leverage the on-demand growing and shrinking of infrastructure.
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