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There's lots of talk today about the "cloud" today. But what exactly is it? Some may argue that the cloud is just marketing hype - a buzzword for a broad range of solutions being billed the latest, greatest trend that everyone is trying to exploit. Others - who oftentimes have a vested interest in a single product - may try to narrowly define the cloud as mandatory technical reference architecture comprised of a specific virtualization software residing on a particular hardware platform. But, in reality, the cloud is something in between those two extremes. It can be a combination of virtual, physical and hosted solutions that give users capacity on-demand from a pool of computing resources. It should deliver scalability and flexibility, and offer self-provisioning and management. And you should only have to pay for what you use. The Cloud Defined by NIST Five esse... (more)