"The rise of the cloud is more than just a platform shift.
It will profoundly change the way people work
and companies operate."
-The Economist, "Let it Rise."
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology defines Cloud Computing as a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
Cloud technologies and Infrastructure as a Service enable IT services to share demand across infrastructure assets. Computing and networking resources are delivered as services that are elastic, massively scalable, and available on-demand with self service, pay-as-you-go subscriptions.
"The cloud will do for government what the
Internet did in the 1990s. It's a fundamental change to
the way our government operates."
- Vivek Kundra, CIO, The U.S. Government