End users access cloud-based applications through a web browser or a light-weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and user’s data are stored on servers at a remote location. The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. The advantages of cloud-based applications include: ability to get an applications up and running faster, improved manageability and less maintenance, ability to rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.

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