Cloud computing is an information technology (IT) paradigm that enables ubiquitous access to shared pools of configurable system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort, often over the Internet. Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale, similar to a public utility.

There are three main types of cloud computing services, sometimes called the cloud computing stack because they build on top of one another. The first cloud computing type is infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which is used for Internet-based access to storage and computing power.


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