As cloud computing edges forward in fits and starts, one recurring question is whether more companies will opt to put their IT services on so-called public clouds or private ones.
The former are available to any individual or business, which essentially rent out a menu of scalable resources. That's a popular option for startups and fledgling outfits, which can't afford to sink much money into paying for an extensive hardware infrastructure. Private clouds, on the other hand, typically offer stronger security and reliability and are thought to have special appeal to IT managers keen on keeping their use restricted to company employees.
The company is also hoping to reach software developers, who want to put out branded software-as-a-service products. Malviya said that this is a group which heretofore has been priced out of the market for "comprehensive, multi-tenant platforms." In other words, the users and applications will share an infrastructure and code base that will be managed centrally.
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