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Cloud computing is increasingly being adopted as a way for IT organizations to decrease costs, improve efficiency, and enhance business agility. In a recent IDC survey of IT decision makers, 44% of respondents indicated that they were considering implementing a private cloud - a cloud deployment contained within the corporate firewall to meet the needs of internal customers. In this paper, the term cloud is used to refer to this type of efficient, automated IT infrastructure, with a further distinction between: Private clouds: hosted inside an organization's firewall primarily for use by the organization's own employees; and Public clouds: infrastructure or applications hosted by service providers and offered as services to enterprises that have decided to outsource some applications for financial, architectural, management.
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