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Cloud Computing Adoption Approaching a Crucial Point

Enterprise Cloud in the News

Cloud Adoption Approaching a Crucial Point
There's a "tipping point" for cloud adoption, according to the CIO at Google, and it's fast approaching.

Once that point arrives and companies enter the world of cloud computing, there's no going back - it will become the standard for IT, according to Google CIO Ben Fried.

An article in Midsize Insider takes a look at this issue and explores how midsize businesses and their IT fit into this new world of cloud computing. Is cloud adoption only meant for large-scale customers, or will it benefit "mom and pop" organizations as well? Have a look here.

Cloud Gains Traction Among Small Businesses
Cloud computing, virtualization and mobile technology are gaining favor among small and mid-size businesses, according to a survey from Symantec.

The findings of the company's 2012 "SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey" shows that disaster preparedness is closely connected to these three technologies, according to an article in eWEEK.

Additionally, SMBs are embracing technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing, which were once solely in the domain of larger enterprises, with 34 percent of SMBs surveyed either currently deploying or already benefiting from server virtualization.

Symantec offered a list of recommendations small businesses should follow to improve disaster preparedness, including the development of a disaster plan, taking into account cloud computing, virtualization and mobility.

"Today's SMBs are in a unique position to embrace new technologies that not only provide a competitive edge, but also allow them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information that their businesses depend on," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for SMB and Cloud at Symantec.

Running Your (Not So Small) Company from a Laptop
It won't be long before you'll be able to run a global corporation from an iPad, according to a recent article in The New York Times.

Cloud computing means one can purchase or rent complex corporate software and then access and manipulate this software on a relatively simple mobile device. Several leading cloud providers say this approach can be almost 70 percent cheaper than buying and running your own servers.

While that percentage is dependent on pricing and several other factors, there's little doubt the cloud is changing the way businesses are run and how information is accessed. Read more here.

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Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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