Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 12/2014

Cloud Computing: From Scarcity to Abundance

Kenji Kushida, Jonathan Murray, John Zysman

September 2014

Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy


Cloud Computing is a revolution in computing architecture, transforming not only the "where" (location) of computing, but also the "how" (the manner in which software is produced and the tools available for the automation of business processes). Cloud Computing emerged as we transitioned from an era in which underlying computing resources were both scarce and expensive to an era in which the same resources were cheap and abundant. There are many ways to implement Cloud architectures, and most people are familiar with public cloud services such as Gmail or Facebook.