For quite some time now, Cloud Computing has been the buzz word with IT folks, however, not without its share of apprehensions and resistance to the cloud, some of them being genuine concerns. However, I do strongly believe that the benefits that Cloud has to offer definitely outweigh the concerns and this is the time when, at the least, people start experimenting with cloud, if not already. In the days to come, I hope that concerns like data security and vendor lock-in are addressed by the technical community and cloud-evangelists in an effort to convince businesses and CXOs.

While the concerns are being addressed by the technology leaders, I would like to highlight the benefits of cloud which definitely warrant experimentation, if not moving non-critical apps to the cloud right away.

Following is a snapshot of all the benefits that Cloud Computing has to offer.

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Dynamic Scaling:
Resources can be scaled up and down as per the changing needs of the business. You can add or remove storage space, memory and bandwidth using a self-service console without the involvement of the IT team.

Shared Resources:
Both hardware and software resources are pooled at one location and can be accessed by all the users via cloud allowing the users to leverage the scale of economy.

Pay-as-you-go Model:
Payments are calculated based on the actual time duration and amount of usage of the resources

Increased Mobility:
Makes the business globally available, without any geographical constraints, as the solution is available over the cloud.

Less or No CAPEX:
No huge initial investment, very less IT operational costs. It is best suited for most SMBs.

High availability:
Applications are highly available in cloud with 99.95% SLAs.

Easy to Manage:
Responsibility to maintain the uptime of the hardware and software rests with the cloud service provider.

High Productivity:
IT department can concentrate more on business issues and aligning with the business rather than spending valuable time on Connectivity and Hardware issues, thus spelling High Productivity levels.

Environment Friendly:
Energy consumption will be significantly lesser, resulting in saving money on energy bills when compared to traditional in-house computing.

Less Deployment Time:
Cloud enables business owners to deploy the application quickly. Applications will be up and running in a matter of hours when compared to weeks in the traditional in-house infrastructure maintenance.

Given all these advantages, Cloud Computing is on its way to becoming the mainstream (need to add ‘mainstream something’ – may be ‘application’ or something) by the year 2020, instead of being just another option. So let us all gear up and make ourselves ready to embrace the challenge.

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