Businesses face far greater challenges today than they did in the past.  Markets are expanding and the technology being used to expand the market-reach is complex. Technology itself is proving to be a driver for data explosion.  Employees are turning to rich media applications and multi-channel communications to fulfill their work-a-day needs. Compounding this, data types are rapidly proliferating and assuming forms and formats that demand special focus and governmental data regulations are impacting data storage, usage and management.

As a result, organizations are everywhere, visibly discussing networks, the Cloud, BYOD, mobile devices, and a host of other related technologies and concepts with a view to manage structured, semi-structured and unstructured data.  They are seriously deliberating on information governance and exploring the technologies and infrastructures available for its management, while working towards achieving an understanding of how these diverse technologies can be used to achieve optimal performance while meeting diverse demands.

An interesting outcome of these deliberations is that more and more organizations are moving towards Cloud infrastructures for storage, archiving, records management, data protection, ediscovery, collaboration, agility, speed and savings on costs. The Cloud is seen to offer reduced IT complexity and increased scalability, while extending the range and reach of technology (and consequently information) to remote branches, mobile workers and geographically and demographically distinct groups of employees.  The ability of Cloud deployments to handle structured and unstructured data and focus on interaction based models of computing make it an attractive and simple means of reaching out and integrating the disparate parts of the enterprise. The four Vs of Cloud computing –Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value—make it possible to associate quantifiable Return on Investment (ROI) to the concept.

As the trend continues and accelerates, it is expected that Cloud computing expectations will reach the tipping point and more and more Cloud vendors will come on board with innovative offerings for demanding customers. Experts predict that the Cloud will change computing scenarios in, as yet, unimaginable ways. Commoditization and utiliti-zation of the Cloud computing services will drive down service prices and up the ante for further innovation.  Technology convergence, remote access and ease of use will guarantee that the Cloud remains an attractive option for those who look to the distant horizons to expand their business and reach out to unexplored markets at the other end of the world. The future of Cloud computing is extensible, and scalable!