Cloud fears fizzle, mission-critical deployments sizzle

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Not long ago, the prospect of outsourcing mission-critical applications to a cloud service provider made IT managers cringe. Despite promises of agility, scalability, and the elimination of infrastructure management headaches, there were serious concerns about security and regulatory compliance.

But these fears have largely proven unfounded. In fact, Gartner recently went so far as to call the unsuitability of the cloud for mission-critical apps one of the Top 10 myths in the world of technology.

According to Gartner, "Many organizations have progressed beyond early use cases and experimentation and are utilizing the cloud for mission-critical workloads. There are also many enterprises (not just small startups any more) that are 'born in the cloud' and run their business (clearly mission-critical) completely in the cloud."

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