A cloud is a resource pool of millions of compute architectures that are braided together seamlessly to act as a single large computer. There is no single architecture for cloud environments, so their attributes are still evolving with numerous players staking a claim for a dominant market position. Public cloud encroachment into telecoms is a trend that has been picking up pace of late, building on a widely diffused presence in the enterprise domain where public clouds serve as a foundation for the vast majority of businesses. The economies of scale afforded by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide cheap compute that multibillion-dollar companies (i.e., Netflix) find more efficient to pay cloud providers for than to build their own.
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