What sets cloud data centers apart from traditional data centers?

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?

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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 first published in November 2011

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