The Cloud Computing Ecosystem

Cloud computing has redefined how systems are built and permanently changed the landscape of information technology. The industry is moving toward widespread adoption of cloud computing and a basic understanding of how the technology works is of paramount importance for IT professionals.

Cloud hype and generalizations have made reaching a consensus on cloud definitions a challenging exercise. A broad understanding is the first step towards standardization of definitions and technologies. This research brief describes the basic components that make up the cloud computing ecosystem and examines the potential impact cloud computing can have on a business. The goal is to furnish IT professionals with the basic understanding necessary to make decisions regarding cloud computing for their own business.

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