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    Contrast at least two competing technologies that could have been chosen instead of cloud computing for a small firm.

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    For a small firm, cloud computing is not really necessary. In-house server and new "cloud-like technologies" will still serve the purpose.

    A cloud is costly for a small firm.

    In fact, companies with 100 or fewer employees are expected to spend $2.4 billion on cloud computing services in 2010, up from $1.7 billion in 2009 (Martin, 2010).

    This has prompted Marks (2013) to comment that "these very smart owners and managers of small and medium sized businesses who have existing applications running on old servers are not going to the cloud. Instead, they've been buying new servers".

    This was echoed by Shelton (2013) when he said that "one alternative to cloud computing is ...

    Solution Summary

    Cloud technology is costly for small businesses. There are numerous cloud-like technology available in the market today at cheaper cost. This solution discusses some of the alternatives to cloud technology and provides five reference sources to support further research on the topic.