With a decrease in price and an increase in service you could tell that the cloud was about to take off. And in 1999 Salesforce.com became one of the pioneers in cloud computing by delivering enterprise applications via a simple website. The applications could be accessed by any customer with Internet access and companies were able to purchase the service on a cost-effective on-demand basis.
Present Day Cloud
In 2008 Microsoft launched its cloud application platform Azure. Cloud applications enable people to share files, links, music and videos on the internet. Because they are in the cloud they don’t necessarily have to consume storage space on the users computer or device. These applications can be used by anyone with a web browser who can connect to the internet. With Microsoft Azure users are given the ability to manage their data, host websites, run SQL reports as well as much much more. Dan Germain Customer Operation Director at Outsourcery stated: "The most important contribution to cloud computing has been the emergence of "killer apps" from leading technology giants such as Microsoft and Google. When these companies deliver services in a way that is reliable and easy to consume, the knock-on effect to the industry as a whole is a wider general acceptance of online services"
The Future of the Cloud
With more and more devices being connected to the internet, the implementation of 5G expected in 2020, and with end-user spending expected to reach more than $180 billion by 2015 the future is bright for cloud computing. If you're ready to upgrade your IT infrastructure with cloud resources, reach out to iCorps for a free IT consultation.