Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Cloud Computing

  • Chandra KrintzEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_2206


Cloud computing refers to a service-oriented computing methodology in which computational, networking, and storage capabilities, and software services are virtualized and contracted for via Service-Level Agreements (SLAs), through well-defined interfaces that are exercised via a network connection.

Historical Background

Cloud computing has its origins in two separate but related technological developments that emerged in the commercial sector during the 1990s. The first is very-large-scale e-commerce as evinced by “Internet-scale” companies such as Google, eBay, and Yahoo! These companies fielded proprietary web-facing infrastructure designed to support millions of simultaneous, anonymized users via the common carrier Internet.

The second development, pioneered by the company Salesforce.com, was “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) – the credentialed, and for-fee access to proprietary software via programmatic web-facing Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Until that time,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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  • Amr El Abbadi
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  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUC Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA