Before the cloud became a viable alternative, companies were required to purchase, construct and
maintain costly information technology (IT) infrastructure. Accessing software through the cloud
eliminates logistical problems and provides readily available platforms for users across an expansive
geographical spectrum. Thus, the pace at which businesses embrace and utilize internet-based systems is
quickened. Oracle Corporation picked up 3,600 customers and $690 million in its 2015 fourth-quarter
revenue from its cloud business.
One of the main advantages of cloud computing extends to software companies that can offer their
products via the web rather than through more traditional methods involving discs or other tangible
means. In 2013, Adobe Systems announced all subsequent versions of Photoshop, as well as other
components of its Creative Suite, would only be available through an internet-based subscription.
Photoshop utilizes cloud storage, but no processing is completed through the internet.