Cloud Computing – What is it & Why is it Important?

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Gartner reported in September of last year that “the public cloud services market was forecasted to grow 19.6 percent in 2012 to total $109 billion worldwide.” Gartner also named Cloud computing in the top strategic IT trends in tech for 2013. With these reports and predictions, combined with the profusion of discussions between analyst, vendors and IT about the cloud and cloud computing industry – who can explain what it really is? Even the definitions seem rather vague.

Definition: Cloud Computing

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines cloud computing as: “the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet.” Is this a broad enough definition, or considered somewhat confusing?

An article in InfoWorld adds some clarity:  “Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities.”

Why is Cloud Computing Important?

InfoWorld helps define cloud computing in certain terms, and also points out the benefits – cloud computing extends IT’s capabilities and can lead to a greater choice of services and product functionality, providing resources at a lower cost to individuals and enterprises. There is more:

  • Users gain independence and can access information regardless of where they or their device are located.
  • Data can be easily migrated from one server to another as well as those servers and data storage can easily be shared.
  • Not only can data from server to server be shared but also users can easily share data among themselves and with other outside parties.
  • Deployment and maintenance tend to be easier and cheaper for web and mobile apps based in the cloud because they can be easily distributed and updated from one central location.

The trending growth of the Cloud computing industry appears very strong so far this year – especially when there are numerous web and mobile apps already based solely in the cloud – cloud computing adoption is definitely a sector to watch advance in 2013 and better understand. And Omnis Studio lets you build web and mobile apps that can be deployed in the cloud and provided on a subscription or as-needed basis, placing the Omnis developer in a good position to take advantage of the growth in cloud computing.

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