If you aren’t familiar with cloud computing then it won’t be long until it becomes part of your world. It enables users to access an on-demand network where online collaboration can take place while users share a pool of configurable computing resources. Many analysts and industry experts are expecting a cloud explosion to happen in the very near future, with one expert commenting: “I think there will be an explosion” in the near term. “We are at an inflection point, even the hold outs are pushing things into the cloud because the economics make so much sense.”
If the experts are right then the future most definitely lies in the cloud. All enterprises are expected to have their core applications in the cloud by 2016 and with the tipping point approaching it is just a matter of time.
There has been a lot of talk about the cloud but until recently that’s all it really was to many people, talk. Now reality is beginning to set in as companies become more comfortable with infrastructure as a service. The main driving force behind its rapidly rising popularity is its speed, allowing people all over the world to collaborate in real time.
The cloud is ideally placed to begin helping small- to medium-sized businesses streamline their operations, cuts costs and free-up time so that employees can focus on the work that really matters. Where it goes from here no-one can say with 100% accuracy, but what is certain is that the cloud is here to stay and it’s only a matter of time before we’re all up in it.