Cloud Computing Characteristics

by Antonio M
This article talks about the characteristics of Cloud Computing and how it is one
of the hottest topics in the field of information technology. The main
characteristics that the author talk about are how Cloud Computing is service
oriented, loose coupling, strong fault,tolerant, business model, TCP/IP Based and
Virtualization. In more detail, the service oriented characteristic has three
categorizes, Infastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Iaas is being able to use computing resources like
the capacity of processing storage and network. PaaS is “the middle bridge between
hardware and application.” It generally supports a set of applications which are
interfaced to cloud applications. SaaS is pretty much running an application on the
cloud rather than a PC eliminating the need to install and run software directly.
The author concludes that Cloud Computing can be quite complex and just knowing
the characteristics alone will not help solve the problem in how to go about
designing and developing a cloud computing system.

I found this article to be very interesting because I really haven’t had much
experience in the Cloud Computing area. I have always herd of it but never really
had the chance to do some really in depth research about it. I think what really
interests me the most about cloud computing is how it is very service oriented
and especially how you can run software within a cloud computing system rather
then having to instal an application directly to your PC.

I think as CIS students this is definitely something we should at least have some
base knowledge in. It appears be getting a lot of attention especially from Amazon
and Google to name a few. It looks like Cloud Computing is the way of the future
or at least really has the potential to be. I would really like to learn more about
Cloud Computing because I find it to be very interesting.

Chunye Gong; Jie Liu; Qiang Zhang; Haitao Chen; Zhenghu Gong; , “The Characteristics of Cloud Computing,” Parallel Processing Workshops (ICPPW), 2010 39th International Conference on , vol., no., pp.275-279, 13-16 Sept. 2010 doi: 10.1109/ICPPW.2010.45 URL:

4 thoughts on “Cloud Computing Characteristics”

  1. I agree that cloud computing will be more popular in the future. However, we have been using cloud computing since the invention of the internet, every email application such as gmail, hotmail, yahoo, aol, etc is cloud based. The only difference with the “new” cloud technology is that developers are making different applications besides email such as word processing and spreadsheets. Google Docs is a good example of cloud computing as well as Microsoft SkyDrive and DropBox are part of cloud applications.

  2. Yes cloud computing is the future. We see it all over the web now and I am sure this will be one of the primary ways to make money for software companies and the like. Cloud services has many benefits from saving energy, combating piracy and not to mention it makes sharing with the world that more easier. Publishers can better control their users through the cloud, however this can also be a bad thing because if the cloud is down then there is no way to access their services even though it is paid for. Just like everything I guess there are pro’s and cons to it.

  3. I have to agree with you that cloud computing is getting a lot of attention. To say the least, cloud computing can save businesses a lot of money because they only pay for the space that they use, it’s easy to use, and people can share things worldwide. I use the DropBox app and I just love it.

  4. Very informative article. I didn’t know that SaaS can run application on cloud instead of PC eliminate the need to install and run software directly. thank you for posting this article.

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