Through cloud computing, businesses no longer need to invest in software or hardware for accessing databases, data storage, servers, networking software and such related resources. With cloud computing, they enjoy faster load speeds and more flexible resources which they can grow and scale with greater ease. And crucially, these are flexible resources that are accessed on a pay-as-you-go basis. As a result, with no up-front investments required, ‘on-demand software’ allows businesses to budget more precisely for the use of state-of-the-art applications as and when they need them. Some blogs ago, we examined the benefits of and differences between the 3 'as-a-service' cloud computing models most popular these days (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), and outlined how best to determine which might suit these requirements. All well and good. Now, however, let’s put our heads further in the cloud to look at some statistics regarding these as-a-service platforms and evaluate how businesses are faring with them at present and what we can expect from the cloud computing industry going forward.