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Services that would be good for the cloud?

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At a high level, a cloud solution is a third-party hosted application, which has it's pros and cons. Cloud, meaning SaaS (software as a service) such as Salesforce.com. can be a way for a company with few IT resources to run some very powerful apps.

In an enterprise with highly-secure, high performance systems (that are paid for) the cost-benefit may not be there. It does not make sense to pay someone to host the app, and then depend on their processes and controls, while at the mercy of the speed of the Internet connection.

Cloud just means you're paying somebody else to run the application. For a small business this can be good thing, however it does make the company network and Internet connection more mission-critical.