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Any time information technology operations experience their costs and resource requirements rising faster than the capabilities of their systems, it opens doors for innovations to emerge that reduce the expenses and resources necessary to work around IT system limitations. This is especially true today.

Never have IT operations been pressed so hard to deliver so many applications and services so fast than in our current era of accelerating IT change; characterized by virtualization, internet-of-things, mobility, and big-data. The gap between what businesses need and customers demand, and what IT can deliver from ever tightening budgets continues to widen.

Consequently, IT organizations are turning to innovative computing models so they can continue delivering their goals and objectives, providing more effectively sourced and consumed IT services for their business users and customers alike. One such model is cloud computing.

Cloud computing providers, like Amazon Web Services (AWS), are making large, upfront investments in computing hardware and software. They are handling the heavy lifting of managing that infrastructure, its virtualization, and the other software services required to run today’s data centers so IT organizations don’t have to. In turn, they offer their infrastructure and services through on-demand and pre-reserved pricing structures with computing resources delivered via the Internet.

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