What sets cloud data centers apart from traditional data centers?

Cloud data center expert Marshall Bartoszek briefly explains what makes cloud data centers different from traditional data centers and identifies some key architectural elements.

At a high level, what sets cloud data centers apart from traditional data centers? What are some of the most important data center architectural elements to consider?

A cloud data center provides for a shared computing resource model where no one resource is assigned to an individual or group. Key architectural elements include a scalable, virtualized infrastructure that provides for an on-demand, utility-like usage model.

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This was last published in November 2011

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Apart from the cost differential, which is very heavy. How about the setup performance rating?