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Security-Aware Design, Operation, and Management

Requirements for security, such as physical and logical access controls and data recovery strategies, need to be thorough and comprehensive for data centers, since they are centralized structures that store and process business data.

Due to the sometimes prohibitive nature of building and operating on-premise data centers, outsourcing data center-based IT resources has been a common industry practice for decades. However, the outsourcing models often required long-term consumer commitment and usually could not provide elasticity, issues that a typical cloud can address via inherent features, such as ubiquitous access, on-demand provisioning, rapid elasticity, and pay-per-use.