We're working with lots of customers transitioning their old Exchange email and and collaboration server to the cloud, specifically to Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 is a smart move for most small and medium-sized businesses, especially for those who require solid security for sensitive sectors like our healthcare providers. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Dell, Rackspace... all the 'big players' are well on their way to bridging the gulf between classic onsite IT and the Cloud.

Lew Moorman, president of cloud provider Rackspace, weighs in:

"Well, don’t let the momentum of these super-clouds confuse you. Despite the imposing presence (and market share) of such giants, I believe that there is plenty of space – and more importantly demand – for not a few, or 1o or 20 or even a hundred of clouds, but millions. The future is a multi-cloud, hybrid-cloud world. Customers will use, alone and in combination, public clouds, private clouds, customized clouds, specialized clouds, local clouds, high-performance clouds, low-cost clouds, high-reliability clouds, technology-specific clouds, application-specific clouds — any type of cloud you can imagine. The cloud will come in millions of flavors and locations."

When I ran across this article last week, I stopped and thought about it: yeah, he's probably right. It makes sense that there will as many 'clouds' out there as there are unique business models and industries and organizations.

But then, sorting through all your options will be even more work, and making these multiple hybrid clouds work together will require managing your technology constantly and much more carefully.

Please read the whole article via Forecast for the cloud: it will come in a million varieties — Tech News and Analysis. and let us know what you think.

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