Gartner Research

Cloud Computing: Defining and Describing an Emerging Phenomenon

Published: 17 June 2008

ID: G00156220

Analyst(s): Thomas Bittman , David Cearley , Daryl Plummer , Tom Austin, David Smith


Cloud computing represents a paradigm shift that will redefine the relationship between buyers and sellers of IT-related products and services. We define cloud computing and the issues surrounding it.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • What You Need to Know
  • Body
  • What Is Cloud Computing?
  • Scalability vs. Elasticity
  • Changing How Services Are Delivered
  • Perspectives on the Cloud
  • Cloud and Related Concepts
  • The Demand for Choice Leads to XaaS
  • Common-Sense Definition
  • Conclusion

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