West Texas A&M University CIS
Cloud computing is currently the most important trend in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, and it has still not fully realized its potential. Reasons for its popularity are the opportunities to rapidly allocate vast amounts of computing resources and the fact that resources are accounted per use. While cloud computing was initiated by major industry players, academia has rapidly caught up; currently the authors see a vast number of cloud computing-related research efforts. However, since industry pushes development and many research aspects of cloud computing demand for large compute resources and real workloads, pure academic efforts have difficulties to address the most important issues and to have a major impact.