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Cloud Solutions – Infrastructure, Platform or Software: Where should you go?

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According to PRNewswire, 90% of medium to large enterprises plan to increase or maintain annual spending on cloud computing solutions in 2016, with 47% of those surveyed citing increased efficiency as the main reason [1]. Clearly cloud computing is here to stay. Furthermore, according to Bernard Golden of CIO Magazine, the battle of the infrastructure is over, applications will be the push going forward. [2] More and more organizations are starting to move their applications into the cloud.

Cloud Computing as defined by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”[3]

Although the term cloud computing is relatively new, the concepts and technologies behind cloud computing have been emerging and evolving for some time. Consumers of cloud computing access hardware, software and networking capabilities from a third party provider in much the same way they get electricity or water from their utility companies. This utility computing model offered in the cloud is likely to bring benefits – especially to small and medium enterprises as well as startup businesses. In addition to the cost saving associated with not having to purchase the hardware, software and infrastructure associated with running a business, cloud solutions bring agility, scalability, portability and on-demand availability.

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