COMMERCE, Calif. — Unified Grocers here is testing a disaster-recovery order collection application that runs "the cloud"— that is, an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a web service that provides "resizable compute capacity," according to its website. "We felt it was a perfect application to test cloud computing with limited exposure," said Gary Herman, chief information officer for Unified Grocers. This application allows Unified to redirect orders sent from its retail customers to the ...

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