Date Added: May 2010
Cloud computing brings benefits across three categories: economic, architectural, and strategic. First, it helps reduce IT costs and shift budgets from CAPEX to OPEX. Second, it improves the experience of end-users. Third, it helps companies focus on their core competencies. Cloud Computing is first a foremost defined by its utility-based pricing model. Users of the platform consume computing and storage services on demand and pay for them as they go, using an Operating Expenses (OPEX) budget, instead of paying for infrastructure resources up-front using Capital Expenditures (CAPEX).