Provided by: IARIA
Date Added: Jul 2012
Community clouds are formed when a cloud infrastructure is created to support the needs of multiple, independent service consumers that have shared concerns. Such infrastructures may allow member organizations to share resources on an opportunistic basis, i.e., one entity may provide services to the other members during off-peak times, and may in turn consume services from other members. Thus each member provides permanent or transient services according to their competencies and excess. This paper sets forth a conceptual architecture, examines the opportunities offered by such systems, and initiates a conversation on the business implications.