Everyone has their own opinion on what constitutes Cloud Computing, but it can be loosely defined as the delivery of on-demand computing resources - everything from applications to data centres on a pay-for-use basis.
Mobile communications such as smartphones and tablets are driving the cloud computing revolution. The accessibility to thousands of downloadable applications has reset users' expectations of the service they expect from their IT department.
Many IT departments are now viewed as cost centres, which delay the adoption of new technology, the danger being that users may bypass IT to access public cloud applications and services which IT has no means to support or manage, nicknamed ‘Shadow IT’. The adoption of a Private or Hybrid Cloud services can revolutionise IT departments, bringing new levels of flexibility and business agility, whilst retaining control.