What are the basic characteristics of cloud computing?

Since its development, cloud computing has really taken off. However, how does one actually define cloud computing. A good cloud computing will have the following basic characteristics:

  • Elasticity and scalability – services can easily be scaled large or small depending on the needs of the customer or as per the resources available
  • Self-service provisioning and automatic de-provisioning – where resources can be provisioned or de-provisioning as needed
  • Standardized interfaces – the interfaces are all standardized
  • Billing self-service based usage model – one can opt for the package that fits their needs the best

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