Cloud computing, one of the major technological advances of the early twenty-first century, has already brought about tremendous economic and social benefits. In essence, cloud computing takes advantage of the Internet to connect users to a vast “cloud” of interlinked servers, data storage systems, and other digital devices located all over the world. Whereas the user of a computer was once limited to the processing power, storage capacity, and programs within her own machine, cloud computing offers her seamless access to virtually unlimited power and data storage, along with applications tailored to her needs.

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