The cloud is not just a popular tool, it is starting to become an expectation.

Businesses around the world are recognizing that their employees and operations function best when paired with cloud computing. In fact, cloud has made such a name for itself that many people do not even realize that they are using it – which means “cloud computing” is simply just “computing.”

This shift is well-documented by cloud spending trends. According to a study conducted by 2nd Watch, more companies are allocating bigger portions of their budgets for enabling enterprise-class cloud computing.

Not only that, but respondents seemed to care less about pricing and more about what kinds of features and services they can obtain. Sixty-two percent of enterprise decision makers were found to value the possibilities for innovation over the cost of services. Thirty-seven percent of organizations will be moving more of their applications to the cloud than they previously have, as well.

This kind of occurrence signifies a major change in how businesses operate. The cloud is almost a given at this point – in some way, shape or form, it needs to be a part of the company infrastructure. Hosted services have taken off in part because of this. Offsite hosting allows much of the headache to be removed from enterprise cloud adoption. This not only ensures that servers will remain up and running in the face of adversity, but also means that in-house IT departments will have more time to figure out how best to leverage the cloud in company-specific ways.

Organizations need to catch up
But for all of the businesses that have already embraced this new technology, there are others who have not. Hosted services, however, can provide a smooth transition for companies that have yet to take the plunge.