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GIS & Cloud Computing

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction .” – National Institute of Standards and Technology defines Cloud computing like this. Pioneers in cloud computing arena are Salesforce, Google, IBM and Amazon to name a few. Cloud computing enables organizations to scale down their investments for hardware and software. Maintenance costs are also reduced. There are several deployment models like public cloud, community cloud, hybrid cloud and private cloud.