Organizations today are increasingly using public cloud resources, and specifically cloud databases, for a range of mission-critical workloads. The public cloud has increased in importance for larger IT departments. Migrating operational workloads to cloud platforms means reducing hardware, maintenance, and software upgrade requirements, thus freeing IT to make more strategic contributions to the enterprise.
Small and mid-sized businesses are also increasingly moving their operations into the public cloud, cutting costs and improving efficiencies. According to a survey of SMBs done by social business platform Spiceworks in the first half of 2013, the smaller the company, the more likely they were to use cloud-based applications. The survey found that 69% of SMBs with fewer than 20 employees and 55% of SMBs with 250 to 999 employees were using cloud-based apps in early 2013 and the numbers were predicted to increase through 2013 and into 2014.
Further, by many accounts, the database is poised for the strongest growth among cloud products. Read the rest of this entry »Tweet