More and more businesses are allowing at least a part of their data to be hosted in the cloud.
As a true leap beyond traditional hosting options, cloud computing is known for the following characteristics via a “utility computing” model:
- Sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour, and by the amount of bandwidth required
- Elastic, in that a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time in this “utility model”
- Service fully managed by the provider, eliminating the need for the user to purchase and maintain a server