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Quiz: Cloud computing basics

How much do you know about cloud computing? Find out in this quiz on cloud providers, public and private cloud and other cloud computing basics.

This quiz is designed to test your cloud computing knowledge. It'll cover such topics as data security, public and private clouds, development platforms and cloud service providers. Good luck!

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What aspect of cloud computing is most confusing for beginners?
I would say that the understanding that cloud is a new business model and not a technology model can require a change in discussion for several people. One other challenge is understanding that you do not simply move existing applications to the cloud (for example Lift & Shift) and that a move to cloud for existing applications should also ensure that they are properly architected or designed for cloud computing and the guaranteed need for failover.
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When designing a cloud-based system, the system architect must be aware of the (a) of the cloud environment (usually described in the SLA/s), as they will have direct impact on the possible (a) of the system that is being designed.

It is also worth noting the (a) described in the cloud provider's SLA may not be exactly the (a) the cloud consumer will get because of several infrastructure issues, e.g., network issues and if the cloud provider SLA is providing only metrics obtained inside their own firewall infrastructure.

In this context, (a) is:

does anyone know the answer to that question?