Most of us use Gmail, Dropbox, iCloud and Facebook almost every day. We have become accustomed to the idea of storing our personal data in the cloud. As the world of information and data continues to expand, the cloud is expanding right along with it. The cloud's presence is well appreciated and accepted in the highly dynamic, information-heavy, always growing corporate arena.
Every organization that builds software products and/or services has been striving to develop new offerings for (or move existing ones to) the cloud, lately.
Start-ups and small organizations see it as an obvious choice, or rather the only viable option, since it helps them save the upfront set-up costs of infrastructure and maintenance, and reduce the time-to-market significantly. Larger organizations with well-established products/services see it as an opportunity to offer greater flexibility and cost efficiency to their customers, hence making their products more competitive and future-safe. It is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders – OEMs, vendors, service providers and customers.