These days, the cloud has become synonymous to consumers with all things data storage. To IT decision makers, product managers and CIOs, however, it has evolved to mean so much more. In the past decade alone, the paradigm shift toward a wider and more accessible network has forced both hardware vendors and service providers to rethink their strategies and cater to a new model of storing information and serving application resources.
Cloud computing provides a more simplified access to server, storage, database and application resources, with users provisioning and using just the right amount of infrastructure and services to build and host their applications. This new form of computing has provided many already established businesses the excuse they needed to migrate workloads from local data centers to cloud service providers.