What Is Cloud?

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Executive Summary

In 2002, following several years of intense activity around the Grid, from both industrial and academic domains, the author felt the need to define the notion of Grid. This concept was born following a growing need for computation power, mostly in the scientific area and spread towards the industrial world. Today, the issues and the challenges stay mostly the same but the expensive growth of the need for distributed resources matched with the increasing use of high speed network technologies has given birth to a new paradigm called the Cloud. Although not an entirely new idea, by its scale, the Cloud is unprecedented.

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