Date Added: Nov 2010
The cloud computing model is a step beyond virtualization, one driven by the ever-increasing demands placed on data centers. Initially, virtualization allowed organizations to consolidate server infrastructure to help reduce costs. Next, resource management technologies enabled dynamic resource allocation to help further reduce costs while increasing flexibility and performance. Now, cloud computing offers automation and scalability to help organizations rapidly deploy and optimize use of resources, increase operational efficiency, and reduce costs. In Intel's vision of cloud computing, a fully realized cloud infrastructure can provide competitively significant IT agility, flexibility, and adaptability through systems that are efficient, simplified, secure, and based on open standards.