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S. Moreschini, F. Pecorelli, X. Li, S. Naz, D. Hästbacka and D. Taibi, "Cloud Continuum: The Definition," in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 131876-131886, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3229185.

Cloud continuum : the definition

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Author: Moreschini, Sergio1; Pecorelli, Fabiano1; Li, Xiaozhou1;
Organizations: 1Computing Sciences, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
2Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems and Services (M3S), University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-06-02


The cloud continuum concept has drawn increasing attention from practitioners, academics, and funding agencies and been adopted progressively. However, the concept remains mired in various definitions with different studies providing contrasting descriptions. Therefore, to understand the concept of cloud continuum and to provide its definition, in this work we conduct a systematic mapping study of the literature investigating the different definitions, how they evolved, and where does the cloud continue. The main outcome of this work is a complete definition that merges all the common aspects of cloud continuum, which enables practitioners and researchers to better understand what cloud continuum is.

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Series: IEEE access
ISSN: 2169-3536
ISSN-E: 2169-3536
ISSN-L: 2169-3536
Volume: 10
Pages: 131876 - 131886
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3229185
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work was supported in part by the Ulla Tuominen Foundation (Finland), and in part by the Academy of Finland under Grant 349488-MuFAno.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 349488
Detailed Information: 349488 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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