Cloud Computing Technology Research Paper by AussieGenius

A literature review of cloud computing technology and strategic recommendations regarding implementation of this technology in a financial sector company.
# 147376 | 4,127 words | 28 sources | APA | 2011 | IL
Published on Mar 27, 2011 in Business (Companies) , Computer and Technology (Technology)

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This paper performs an evaluation of cloud computing by presenting various aspects of this new architecture by means of a literature review. Ultimately a recommendation regarding the adoption of cloud computing for Advantage Credit Ltd, a credit card provider and payment services company, is made based on the understanding of this area of computing reached via the literature view. Various aspects of cloud computing are covered such as security, reliability / disaster recovery, scalability and portability. A discussion revolving around the specific risks to advantage credit and potential for return on investment, together with a summary of what cloud computing can offer the organisation is presented before concluding recommendations are made.

Executive summary
Literature review on aspects of Cloud Computing
Reliability/Disaster Recovery
Quality of Service and Service Level Agreements
Recommendations Regarding Adoption of Cloud Computing Technology
How it Works and will it Live up to Expectations
What can Cloud Computing Deliver?
Risks and Opportunities
Return on Investment (ROI)
Case study

From the Paper:

"Amazon was one of the early movers in providing Cloud Computing to external customers, launching Amazon Web Service (AWS) in 2006 after noting that its networks were using only a small portion of their capacity at any one time - however larger capacity was required for peak demand periods (What is AWS?). AWS is offered using the utility computing model whereby the user pays for their consumption, much like is acceptable with other basic utilities such as electricity and water (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)). Leonard Kleinrock (cited in Buyya et al. 2009), a chief scientist working for DARPA during the Internet's foundational phase, had a vision of a world in which computers would become a 5th utility along with water, gas, electricity and telephony. With the growth of the Internet, this vision is becoming a reality where a global network of seemingly infinite distributed computing power can be made available in a "virtual" construct - the cloud."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon, viewed 10 February 2011,
  • Armbrust, M, Fox, A, Griffith, R, Joseph, A, Katz, R, Konwinski, A, Lee, G, Patterson, D, Rabkin, A, Stoica, I & Zaharia, M 2009 Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing, University of California Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory, viewed 16 February 2011,
  • Aulbach, S, Grust, T, Jacobs, D, Kemper, A & Rittinger, J 2008 Multi-Tenant Databases for Software as a Service: Schema-Mapping Techniques, Munich Technical University, viewed 16 February 2011,
  • Aymerich, F.M, Fenu, G & Surcis,S 2008 An Approach to a Cloud Computing Network, First International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies, pp. 113-118, August 2008, viewed 17 February 2011,
  • Brodkin, J 2010 Application portability in cloud computing a work in progress,, viewed 12 February 2011,

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APA Format

Cloud Computing Technology (2011, March 27) Retrieved April 10, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Cloud Computing Technology" 27 March 2011. Web. 10 April. 2020. <>