This chapter seeks to define Cloud Computing (CC) and charts the evolution of the CC concept. The attributes of the CC computing environment include three types of CC—Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The ongoing need for access to more and more powerful computing technologies is discussed and the success of the distributed computing model chronicled. The trajectory to a technically connected world provides the reader with a visual tool as to the history embedded in the current CC offering. With reference to the potential future trajectory, we also offer insight into the primarily industry-led forecasts and predictions for the CC industry’s future.
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