Cloud computing has been a Top 3 trends in IT since it took root with the introduction of AWS’s S3 data storage in late 2006. Its predecessor, the ASP (application service provider), was an important pioneering technology, but it generally was a fragile and unreliable solution. It took a lot of trial and error, time, investment, testing, QA and success and failure for cloud providers to deploy reliable, high-quality applications for thousands of uses. Now it works very well for just about everything.

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