The competition among cloud computing rivals is increasing as they attempt to lower prices while growing their user base. An article from The Australian on April 8 mentions that some have also realized the potential of being able to “snare customers for life when students became users” and become comfortable with the technology.
Cloud computing continues to grow in acceptance among more businesses and organizations. A recent study found that 40 percent of the companies attributed cloud usage to reduced costs. The business sector is not the only area that is recognizing the potential of the cloud. A press release from CALNET, a company that provides services ranging from intelligence analysis to IT consulting, reveals that the U.S. Navy is moving to a private cloud network and has hired CALNET to help with the transition. The company’s contract focuses on the SPAWAR System Center Pacific Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Data Center and shows that even the Navy recognizes the usefulness of the cloud.
As more companies and organizations embrace cloud computing, competition among providers is growing. Google recently revealed it will give anyone access to the Google Compute Engine as long as they sign up for the $400 a month Gold Support service. This move has been characterized as an attempt to compete with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Both the Google Compute Engine and Amazon EC2 allow users instant access to powerful cloud computing services while still allowing them to have control of their resources. At the same time, Google is lowering its prices, and some analysts believe this will be the tactic adopted by other rivals as they compete for users.