Before the era of personal computers, companies used “Mainframes” for large centralized computing. In the 1970s and ’80s, individual users could access the Mainframe from the terminal on their desk. The rise of the personal computer placed the computing power and storage on our desks. Hence, the term “desktop computer”.
In a sense, cloud computing is a return to the Mainframe style of computing. That is, accessing remote resources (servers, databases, digital storage capacity, software, etc.) over the internet through the terminal of our personal computers.
By sharing large pools of resources, cloud computing offers advantages of reduced cost, increased scalability, massive computing power, and greater reliability.
Cloud computing also enables flexibility with remote work practices, a common theme in 2020. This general transition to cloud computing coupled with the accelerated shift to remote work has created a surge in the already-growing, global cloud computing industry.
While there are many private equity investments in companies that offer cloud-based, SaaS solutions, surprisingly, we do not see many recent private equity investments in the pure cloud computing space.