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December 20, 2017

Cloud Computing: An Exercise in Architecting Trust

By Kelly L. Frey

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Cloud computing is a misnomer of arcane origin. Originally the “cloud” was literally just a technology doodle (beyond the then-available lexicon or the plastic templates of systems architects 40 years ago). The billowing shape was used in system schematics to represent something beyond the computationally and conversationally stunted devices of the time (reminiscent of the ancient cartographers’ “terra incognita”). But over time, and especially with the dawning of the gigabyte era, the image/term has been co-opted to visually/linguistically represent what NIST has defined as “a model for enabling ubiquitous access to shared pools of configurable resources (such as computer networks, servers, storage, applications, and services).”