The numbers of businesses using some kind of cloud services are pretty staggering. A recent survey from RightScale revealed that 94 percent are operating in the cloud, at least in some capacity. Almost 60 percent of those companies are using a mix of public and private cloud solutions, and it’s small- and medium-sized businesses that are turning to cloud offerings more frequently than the large enterprise.
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At Microsoft World Partner Conference in July 2015, the Microsoft Azure Desktop Hosting platform will be one of the first application services fully integrated into the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
For small and mid-sized businesses, the cloud has proven to be something of a good news, bad news proposition.
The idea behind metered pricing shouldn’t be new to anyone. If you’ve rented a car or had a cell phone then you understand the concept. You pay only for what you use. You don’t have to buy the car, you only pay for the time you use it. You don’t pay for the cellular network, just the time you spend on it.
I’m back from the Microsoft World Partners Conference, and I’m still on a bit of a high. Some exciting announcements were shared, but maybe the most exciting was hearing more about Microsoft’s increasing commitment to the cloud and mobile spaces. We clearly believe that those are the future of business computing, and it’s nice to be partnered with a company that agrees with us.