Risk Landscape of Cloud Computing

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Executive Summary

Over time, as computing ease and functionality have grown, the IT industry has experienced from its users an ever-expanding desire for more information. With the web presence today, one can hardly imagine a day going by without accessing the web many times. Data are generated by the minute and are growing in variety and size; there appears to be no limit to where this appetite for more will finally face a "No, they cannot have it." To serve this appetite, costs should decrease and/or value of information should increase. For example, early installations of client-server configurations resulted in poor server utilization (because a server was dedicated to processing a limited number of applications). The costs of servers grew as the server farms grew.

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