The Structure of Cloud Data Centers

  • Kenneth P. Birman
Part of the Texts in Computer Science book series (TCS)


In previous chapters we looked at cloud computing from the outside; here, we will do so from the inside, within the data center. We focus on some well-known cloud components in enough detail to appreciate the basic ideas, why they work (and when they might not work), and we will speculate a bit about how they might be generalized for use in other settings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth P. Birman
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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