Cloud computing radically simplifies how you deploy, maintain, and access software, platforms, and infrastructure — because everything you need is available through the Internet as a service, also known as Software as a Service (SaaS).
Looking ahead, analysts see this as a long-running trend where all types of business services will be virtualized, enabling massive interoperability and the potential for huge cost savings.
Cloud computing combines the scalability of distributed grid computing with mission-critical availability and security for your peace of mind.
Think of the cloud as loosely coupled business services running on an agile, scalable infrastructure – always on and ready when you need them.
Most cloud computing service providers offer a pay-per-use subscription model, so you only pay for what you use. There’s no up-front capital investment needed, and most importantly, it can be deployed instantly. Cloud providers take care of all maintenance and upgrade-related issues for you (which can save you a bundle).
And scalability? It’s virtually unlimited. As business needs change, you can instantly throttle up or down to meet demand.