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Businesses are running lots of applications in the cloud today, like ecommerce, eprocurement, CRM, HR, accounting, and custom-built applications. Cloud-based applications can be up and running in a few days, which is unheard of with traditional business software.
Cloud applications are much faster to develop than traditional software, since they often have development platforms that are already configured to do the hard work of connecting to redundant databases etc. That mean that they just scale with out you having to worry about growth, speed or security.
They cost less, because you don’t need to pay for all the people, products, and facilities to run them, and they’re more scalable, more secure, and more reliable than most applications. Plus, upgrades are taken care of for you, so your applications automatically run on the latest security, performance enhancements and new features.
The way you pay for cloud-based applications is also different. You do not need to buy servers and software. When your applications run in the cloud, you don’t buy anything. It’s all rolled up into a predictable subscription, so you only pay for what you actually use.
Finally, cloud applications don’t eat up your valuable IT resources, so your finance team will love it. This lets you focus on deploying more applications, new projects, and innovation in a secure predictable manner.
Cloud and shared computing has been with us for a long time. It was first called shared computing in the 70's, and came about for a similar reason. Computers in the 70's were very expensive, and to try and ensure that they were in continuous use time sharing was popular.
In the 80's the PC arrived and computing became cheap, and ubiquitous, however the were unable to talk to each other until the growth of the internet.
Large scale internet applications were required that could cope with millions of users, and the technology break throughs required produced the first cloud platforms.