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Unveiling the Cloud: Understanding How Cloud Characteristics Transform Computing Architecture


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Question: How do cloud characteristics, such as on-demand resource provision and metered utilization, distinguish cloud computing from traditional on-premises or hosted client/server network architectures?

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Cloud computing differs greatly from traditional on-premises or hosted client/server network architectures, mainly due to the following unique characteristics: 1. On-demand Self-service: In cloud computing, the user can individually request and manage compute capabilities, such as network storage and server time, as needed without requiring human interaction with each service's provider. This is in contrast to traditional systems where resources must be physically installed or configured. 2. Metered Utilization: Cloud services are measured and billed according to usage (also referred to as the 'pay-as-you-go' model). You only pay for what you use, which can lead to cost savings. Traditional architectures usually involve upfront costs and ongoing maintenance expenses, regardless of actual usage. 3. Broad Network Access: Cloud resources can be accessed over the internet from any location and from multiple types of devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Traditional architectures may limit access to a specific network or device. 4. Resource Pooling: In cloud computing, a provider's resources are pooled to serve multiple users using a multi-tenant model. Each user's physical and virtual resources are dynamically assigned and reassigned based on demand. In contrast, traditional architectures often dedicate specific resources to each user or task. 5. Rapid Elasticity: With cloud computing, capabilities may be scaled up or down quickly and flexibly, often automatically to meet demand. Traditional architectures usually require more time and resources to alter capacity. 6. Measured Service: Cloud systems monitor and control resource use, providing transparency for both the provider and user of the service. This is typically not the case with traditional hosting models. These characteristics make cloud computing more flexible, cost-effective, and scalable than traditional on-premise or hosted client/server network architectures.

Answered by gpt-4

Dec. 27, 2023, 10:48 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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