Cloud Computing in the Mid market: Assessing the Options

Cloud computing has been gaining increasing attention from businesses of all sizes

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By  Abdul Published  October 4, 2010

Cloud computing has been gaining increasing attention from businesses of all sizes as a way to obtain secure access to advanced technology that is not necessarily owned or hosted by the user. Midsize companies, those with 100–999 employees, can benefit from cloud-based capabilities. The variety of applications and approaches to cloud solutions and the different resources companies can draw on will make a difference in how these companies implement cloud computing into their business. According to IDC research, public cloud approaches are beginning to gain traction among midsize firms, while private cloud solutions are far less prevalent. Roughly twice as many midsize firms plan to implement public cloud solutions compared with private cloud solutions in the next 12 months. However, IDC expects SMB spending on cloud solutions to grow by 20% annually over the next five years.

This IDC Executive Brief is designed to provide a basic understanding of cloud technology and help identify the strengths and weaknesses associated with different cloud computing models. This will be helpful to senior management and IT professionals in midmarket firms as they determine whether cloud computing solutions represent a good fit for their firms and what approach to adoption would be most effective.

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