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I stumbled on a article that led me to the NIST’s plethora of documents. One interesting document was its definition of cloud computing. The document was titled – “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing”

Now for those who may be unaware – like I was – NIST stands for National Institute of Standards and Technology is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce.

Cloud computing is one of those terms that has been modified and honestly – heavily abused. Marketing has made it a catchy term so I have my neighbor brag about his music on the cloud but has no clue what cloud is really about. I have heard senior architects and technologists talk of cloud but most seem to have their own variations/versions of it.

So what is cloud computing? The NIST defines it as follows –

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, 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

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