International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security
With the significant advances in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) over the last half century, there is an increasingly perceived vision that computing will one day be the 5th utility (after water, electricity, gas and telephony). This computing utility, like all other four existing utilities, will provide the basic level of computing service that is considered essential to meet the everyday needs of the general community. To deliver this vision, a number of computing paradigms have been proposed, of which the latest one is known as cloud computing. Hence, in this paper, they define a survey on cloud computing and provide the architecture for creating clouds, characteristics, deployments and integrity proofs, etc.