The very definition of computing is in a period of transition. While many people have, historically, relied on physical media and hard drives to store and transport their work, an increasing number of users are turning more to cloud technology to organize their information. While it was initially a fringe asset, the cloud has worked its way so deeply into the public consciousness that many enterprises are investing a great deal of time and effort into figuring out how it can be best leveraged in their offices.

The cloud is not a fad. Far from it, actually. The cloud represents a fundamental change in the way that people work and the means through which businesses succeed. Modern organizations have to be agile and responsive, handling a wide assortment of tasks in real time. It is increasingly becoming realized that, in order to compete in this manner, the private cloud needs to be added to the IT arsenal in all companies.

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Enterprise cloud is not just an alternative to a time-honored system, it is a disruptive technology. The advantages to using it for at least some degree of daily operations have been well-documented and are broad in their reach. According to CloudTweaks contributor Mojgan Afshari, this is why the cloud has "become ubiquitous" with computing.

But in spite of this, companies should not rush out and grab the first cloud provider that they see. In many instances, public server hosting can cause more harm than good. Shared server space can make it easier for data breaches to occur, not to mention complicate connections during periods of peak usage.

This is why Afshari believes that there must be a greater examination of services before purchasing. Private architectures will be the only way to ensure secure, enterprise class cloud computing.