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Why More Companies are Opting to Manage IT in the Cloud

Cloud computing provides many companies with the ability to reduce IT infrastructure costs while improving productivity and responsiveness.  This allows company staff to focus on getting results instead of monitoring and maintaining the infrastructure that supports critical business applications.

According to Gartner, an IT technology research and advisory company, cloud revenue is expected to increase by more than 150 billion within the next two years.  This is an increase from $46 billion during the year 2009.  Gartner’s prediction indicates that more companies are embracing the benefits of managing IT in the cloud.  Here are some of the reasons why:

Reduced Hardware and Maintenance Costs

Cloud hosting services can be delivered in increments on an “as needed” basis.  The result is reduced hardware and maintenance costs since the cloud service provider oversees all operational aspects of the underlying infrastructure.  If the company opts to run onsite servers as a private cloud this increases efficiency and utilization of existing IT infrastructure.

Flexibility and Scalability

A cloud hosted environment is scalable and offers the flexibility to add business applications as needed.  In addition to this advantage, new applications can be deployed within a short period a short period of time without having to be concerned about compatibility or added hardware.

Automated Updates

Depending upon the size of the organization, keeping software and security patches up to