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Interoperability and Portability for Cloud Computing: A Guide

Interoperability and Portability for Cloud Computing: A Guide

Cloud computing is rapidly growing in importance for many organizations, with ongoing take-up of a wide range of cloud services and the transition of both data and applications to cloud computing environments.

The topics of interoperability and portability are significant considerations in relation to the use of cloud services, but there is also confusion and misunderstanding of exactly what this entails.

Interoperability and Portability for Cloud Computing: A Guide provides a clear definition of interoperability and portability and how these relate to various aspects of cloud computing and to cloud services.

The guide describes interoperability and portability in terms of a set of common cloud computing scenarios. This approach assists in demonstrating that both interoperability and portability have multiple aspects and relate to a number of different components in the architecture of cloud computing, each of which needs to be considered in its own right. The aim is to give both cloud service customers and cloud service providers guidance in the provision and selection of cloud services indicating how interoperability and portability affect the cost, security and risk involved.

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