Cloud Platform Choices

Good article over on ArsTechnica about Cloud Platform Choices, well worth reading if for no other reason than to keep up with what is going on in that space:

Cloud computing is one of the most hyped technology concepts in recent memory, and, like many buzzwords, the term “cloud” is overloaded and overused. A while back Ars ran an article attempting to clear some of the confusion by reviewing the cloud’s hardware underpinnings and giving it a proper definition, and in this article I’ll flesh out that picture on the software side by offering a brief tour of the cloud platform options available to development teams today. I’ll also discuss these options’ key strengths and weaknesses, and I’ll conclude with some thoughts about the kinds of advances we can expect in the near term. In all, though, it’s important to keep in mind that what’s presented here is just a snapshot. The cloud is evolving very rapidly—critical features that seem to be missing today may be standard a year from now.

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