Cloud Hosting, the Next Big Thing

People are still predicting that cloud hosting is going to be the next best thing to happen to the world of business.  Those that are predicting the great coming of the cloud and cloud hosting apparently haven’t been in the business world for a number of years.  Cloud hosting is here and has been here (in some form) for nearly a decade now.  Was cloud hosting a well guarded secret?  Maybe not a well guarded one, but companies that have known about cloud hosting have used it as an advantage in their business and did keep that information under their hats.

Is there a massive market for cloud hosting services?  Absolutely, businesses large and small are finally catching on and cloud hosting companies are slated to make millions.  So with the rapid adoption of cloud services by businesses in the United States, other countries like India are expected to boost the cloud computing market to ten times the growth by the year 2015.

Cloud hosting is designed to fit any business need, but medium and small businesses are getting the most results from it in terms of money savings.  Cloud architecture gives smaller businesses more flexibility and as the company grows, the unlimited scalability of the architecture also makes it an incredibly lucrative option.

Another one of the big selling points for cloud hosting is that cloud computing reduces carbon emissions.  The figures that came out of Microsoft are roughly thirty percent reduction.  In countries where carbon emissions credits are a large part of doing business, cloud hosting becomes even that more valuable.

Cloud hosting gives companies a great way to move away form expensive IT services and hardware expenses.  Because all of the hardware is set up remotely and handled by the cloud service provider, clients no longer have to spend from their IT budget to keep low level administrators on staff.  The days of having to patch operating systems and software in-house is now a thing of the past because of cloud computing.

Cloud hosting services now offer the best way to manage a businesses infrastructure.  With lower emissions, less overhead for IT and the ease, flexibility and scalability of cloud services, businesses can now use this recovered money towards building the external presence of the company.  Companies that are resistant or slower to adopt this technology will fall to the wayside as early adopters of the technology quickly outpace the competition.

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