Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Originally Published In

International Journal of Management & Information Systems

Volume Number

15

Issue Number

4

Page Numbers

59 - 64

Abstract

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 characteris- tics. This paper pays much attention to the Grid paradigm, as it is often confused with Cloud technologies. We also de- scribe the relationships and distinctions between the Grid and Cloud approaches.

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