Whether a company is using Facebook for marketing purposes or migrating their entire organization's productivity suite to Google Apps, most - if not all - enterprises are operating in the cloud to some degree whether they know it or not. Given the cost savings and collaboration benefits of cloud productivity offerings, it's easy to see why companies are making the switch.
Even the United States federal government is using the cloud. It has moved recovery.gov, the Web site people can use to track spending under 2009ís $787 billion economic stimulus package, to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service platform.
'As the world's largest consumer of information technology and as stewards of taxpayer dollars, the U.S. federal government has a duty to be a leader in pioneering the use of new technologies that are more efficient and economical,' Kundra said in a blog post aimed squarely at federal agencies. 'By using cloud services, the federal government will gain access to powerful technology resources faster and at lower costs. This frees us to focus on mission-critical tasks instead of purchasing, configuring, and maintaining redundant infrastructure.'
Cloud Computing is becoming next stage platform in the evolution of the internet. It provides customers an enhanced and efficient way to store data in the cloud with different ranges of capabilities and applications.
The one downside to this migration is that organizations are trusting cloud platforms to sensitive information without a full understanding of the data security implications.
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