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Crash course in cloud computing (May 2010)


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Crash Course in Cloud Computing
Career Development Week
Cornell University Library
May 20, 2010

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Crash course in cloud computing (May 2010)

  1. 1. Crash Course in Cloud Computing<br />Christian Miller & Jim DelRosso<br />May 20, 2010<br />
  2. 2. What is it?<br /> “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.”<br /> -- Mell & Grance, 2009<br />
  3. 3. What is it?<br /> “[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.”<br /> -- EDUCAUSE, 2009 <br />
  4. 4. What is it?<br />Basic characteristics:<br /><ul><li>Users interact with resources remotely with few to no intermediaries
  5. 5. Providers distribute resources dynamically to multiple users
  6. 6. Resource use is flexible and scalable, and priced accordingly</li></li></ul><li>What is it not?<br />That SETI screensaver<br />Pretty much any application that you have to install on your computer<br />Arguably, many licensed products, even if they’re web-based<br />
  7. 7. What is it not?<br />Outsourcing!<br />(At least, not necessarily.)<br />
  8. 8. A final bit of jargon…<br />Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid<br />