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Why Cloud Computing Is Booming
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By: Patrick Burke
May. 6, 2013 08:15 AM
That boom you hear? That's the cloud.
Cloud computing is experiencing serious growth - even the Department of Defense is joining the party. However, some people are a little concerned about giving up hard copies and going completely virtual. Getting on this bandwagon is a great idea that can save money and time (assuming the cloud server chosen has a solid reputation). Here are some reasons, posted on an article on HuffingtonPost.com, cloud computing is gaining in popularity.
It Saves Money (and the Environment)
It Saves Time
Survey: Cloud Computing Gets Deeper, More Strategic
According to a recent survey of 262 enterprise IT and data managers - most with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), cloud computing continues gaining converts within the enterprise, and is pushing down deep roots within companies that have deployed the approach.
Close to two-fifths of organizations now run private clouds in one form or another, and one-fourth are using public cloud services in an enterprise capacity, according to an article on Forbes.com. Private clouds are being extended deeper into the organizations that have them - a majority expect to be running most of their workloads in the cloud within the next 12 months, especially Platform as a Service middleware. In addition, close to one-third of public cloud users report they are employing hosted services to run their private clouds for them.
In the survey, 37% of enterprise managers indicate they are running or piloting private clouds, up from 29% two years ago. Another 26% use public cloud services for enterprise applications, up from 14%. Among the public cloud users, 32% are employing outside services to host at least part of their private cloud infrastructures.
Opportunities for the Hospitality Industry in Cloud Computing
There have been many attempts to adopt various technologies for tourism development, but very few have managed to become successful. Most of them are limited to pilot projects or uncompleted prototypes. But one key sector in tourism that has been largely receptive to new technology is the hotel industry, which is also the sector that can benefit greatly from cloud computing technology.
It has been suggested by analysts that the hotel industry's current way of handling information and computer resources will soon be turned upside down with the migration to the cloud, regardless of the size of the hotels concerned. As is the case with firms, cloud computing can greatly lower the time requirements and cost of entry for hotels, as it gives a very pliable scale of computing power that can be distributed across different streams in a relatively short amount of time. It can also provide immediate access to hardware resources without needing any capital investments upfront.
However, like in any other industry, most hotels are using the cloud in conventional ways that prevents them from maximizing the potential of the cloud.
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