A Break in the Clouds: Towards a Cloud Definition

Luis M. Vaquero, Luis Rodero-Merino, Juan Caceres, and Maik Lindner
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CCR January 2009

This paper discusses the concept of Cloud Computing to achieve a complete definition of what a Cloud is, using the main characteristics typically associated with this paradigm in the literature. More than 20 definitions have been studied allowing for the extraction of a consensus definition as well as a minimum definition containing the essential characteristics. This paper pays much attention to the Grid paradigm, as it is often confused with Cloud technologies. We also describe the relationships and distinctions between the Grid and Cloud approaches.