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April 2017, Vol. 6, No. 4

The true definition of cloud computing is still lost on some IT pros

In almost any enterprise IT shop, you are likely to see at least one laptop sticker that says, "There is no cloud. It's just someone else's computer." I understand that the saying is good for a laugh, but aside from that, it could not be further from the truth. If we stick to the definition of cloud computing outlined by the U.S. government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the cloud has five attributes: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity and measured service. Do you notice anything on that list about location? Cloud computing, in all its various deployment models, has fundamentally changed how computing works. It is not a place, but rather a way of managing IT resources. If we dig deeper into the NIST definition of cloud computing, we can see it has three common service models: Software as a service is a software deployment model where an application is delivered over the internet. Platform as a service is a platform for the deployment of an application with ...

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