What are the key characteristics of Cloud computing?

CHARACTERISTICS of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has some interesting characteristics that bring benefits to both cloud service consumers (CSCs) and cloud service providers (CSPs).

  • No up-front commit ments
  • On-demand access
  • Nice pricing
  • Simplified application acceleration and scala bility
  • Efficient resource allocation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Seamless creation and use of third-party services


Five essential characteristics, which differentiate cloud computing from grid computing and other distributed computing paradigms:

  • On-demand self-service. provision computing capabilities as needed automatically.
  •  Broad network access. available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms.
  •  Resource pooling. computing resources are pooled with location independence
  •  Rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be rapidly and elastically provisioned.
  •  Measured Service. automatically control and optimize resource

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