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Cloud computing has proved to be a game changer for many small and medium businesses looking for a level playing field in terms of IT infrastructure and upfront capital investments associated with it. Cloud computing has helped small businesses remove the need for these investments and still have equally competent IT infrastructure. In fact cloud in itself was a revolution harbored by smaller technology firms, adopted by smaller businesses and neglected by bigger firms due to the inherent mistrust over corporate IT security. This however is changing now.
Even bigger firms have started to move their mission critical software on the cloud with cloud technology maturing to the next level. Cloud applications are now becoming quite mainstream with bigger players like Microsoft revealing its Office 365 services on the cloud. Software applications are now being written specifically for the cloud to provide added features and benefits for the companies using it and giving them the opportunity to utilize cutting edge technology.
Cloud computing has come across as a cost effective solution to many traditional IT problems. Applications with a huge user base require additional computing power during peak times or a sudden spike in the usage patterns of SQL server may need additional resources. This could be fixed by a cloud service in a very inexpensive way.
Even biggies like SAP have been focusing on the cloud with their new database offerings on the cloud platform. This is quite significant of the evolution of the cloud and the changed approach of enterprise IT towards cloud computing. Previously a lot of CIOs were wary about the inability of the cloud to host mission critical applications for large organizations. Technically the cloud service providers have come up with robust platforms and adequate resources to address these concerns but the way cloud is marketed it has not been able to convince few big guys to accept this changed reality. A lot of people still relate the cloud with basic services like hosting and co-location which has downplayed the role of cloud in the market. Cloud services providers need to propagate and demonstrate tough enterprise user cases which they have implemented and convince the CIOs and CTOs with the benefits that the cloud platform could bring to larger businesses.
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