Crash course in cloud computing (May 2010)

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  1. 1. Crash Course in Cloud Computing
    Christian Miller & Jim DelRosso
    May 20, 2010
  2. 2. What is it?
    Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
    -- Mell & Grance, 2009
  3. 3. What is it?
    [Cloud computing is] the delivery of scalable IT resources over the Internet, as opposed to hosting and operating those resources locally, such as on a college or university network.
    -- EDUCAUSE, 2009
  4. 4. What is it?
    Basic characteristics:
    • Users interact with resources remotely with few to no intermediaries
    • 5. Providers distribute resources dynamically to multiple users
    • 6. Resource use is flexible and scalable, and priced accordingly
  5. What is it not?
    That SETI screensaver
    Pretty much any application that you have to install on your computer
    Arguably, many licensed products, even if theyre web-based
  6. 7. What is it not?
    Outsourcing!
    (At least, not necessarily.)
  7. 8. A final bit of jargon
    Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid

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