Where Is Cloud Computing Headed?

A huge cloud hangs over the future of IT.

After more than a decade of refining the Internet as a marketplace,the business world is grappling with the uneasy reality that companiescan run almost every information system they rely on without owning anytech equipment. Thanks to the phenomenon known as cloud computing,businesses can rent access to applications and IT infrastructure thatreside on the Internet, pay for them on a subscription or per-use basisand provide employees with access to information from anywhere at anytime with nothing more than a connected device.

In theory, it sounds great. No more wrangling with software updatesor growing storage requirements. And the days of having to expand data centers to make room for additional racks of servers to support a growing business? Gone.

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