21 September 2011 17:15:41
The most widely recognized benefits of cloud computing to businesses around the world have proven to be streamlined IT efficiency, strengthened cost efficiency and increased accessibility among employees. Another perk, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports, is the ability to reduce the amount of time important applications and data are unavailable to both staff and clientele, otherwise known as 'downtime.'
The source affirms that this perk is especially helpful to smaller businesses, as the ability to keep downtime at a minimum is often a costly one. The cloud, however, offers a more affordable way of keeping systems up and running.
"Many tools that were once only available to large corporations with sizable technology budgets are now available, and affordable, to even the smallest mom and pop operation," an executive of a leading cloud provider told the news source.
The goal, many industry players assert, is to use the cloud in pursuing functional systems, applications and data resourcing 100 percent of the time.
More enterprises are expected to adopt cloud services, as the International Data Corporation project the cloud industry to grow from 600,000 units in 2010, to 1.3 million by 2014.
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