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A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing: New Report
The long dreamed vision of computing as a utility is finally emerging
By: Jeremy Geelan
Mar. 1, 2009 04:13 AM
Founded through the generous support of Google, Microsoft and Sun, UC Berkeley's RAD Lab has released "A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing" - a technical report arguing that the construction and operation of extremely large-scale, commodity-computer data centers at low-cost locations was the key necessary enabler of Cloud Computing, and outlining ten obstacles including Data Confidentiality and Auditability, Bugs in Large-Scale Distributed Systems, and what the report calls Reputation Fate Sharing.
"Cloud Computing is likely to have the same impact on software that foundries have had on the hardware industry."
On the Economic Benefits of the Cloud
"Although the economic appeal of Cloud Computing is often described as 'converting capital expenses to operating expenses' (CapEx to OpEx), we believe the phrase 'pay as you go' more directly captures the economic benefit to the buyer."
On the Opportunities for Application Developers
"While we have yet to see fundamentally new types of applications enabled by Cloud Computing, we believe that several important classes of existing applications will become even more compelling with Cloud Computing and contribute further to its momentum."
The ten potential obstacles are labeled by the report as follows:
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