The collective storm swirling around the nascent cloud computing market shows no signs of letting up. Google the phrase "cloud computing" and the search returns more than 34 million hits.
Cloud computing's claim to developer mindshare is the promise of an Internet-accessible virtual computing and storage environment hosted on connected servers in third-party data centers. Cloud infrastructure services can help enterprises bypass the capital expense of on-site hardware, software licenses, networking and data storage with a pay-for-usage model-per hour or gigabyte-for off-site resources.
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