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A break in the clouds: Towards a cloud definition

By Luis M. Vaquero, Luis Rodero-merino, Juan Caceres, Maik Lindner and Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo

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This article is an editorial note submitted to CCR. It has NOT been peer reviewed. The author takes full responsibility for this article’s technical content. Comments can be posted through CCR Online. This paper discusses the concept of Cloud Computing to achieve a complete definition of what a Cloud is, using the main characteristics typically associated with this paradigm in the literature. More than 20 definitions have been studied allowing for the extraction of a consensus definition as well as a minimum definition containing the essential characteristics. This paper pays much attention to the Grid paradigm, as it is often confused with Cloud technologies. We also describe the relationships and distinctions between the Grid and Cloud approaches. Categories and Subject Descriptor

Topics: Cloud Definition, Grid
Year: 2009
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