Where Can Partners Make Money In The Cloud?

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The cloud represents a booming sector, and partners predict that business opportunities in the space will only increase in 2016. Solution providers told CRNtv exactly where they're seeing growth in their cloud business:

David Brimley of Phoenix-based PhoenixNap said his customers are "people who don't want to refresh hardware or buy new infrastructure."

"This type of [cloud] infrastructure is becoming so commonplace. It's so easy to scale," Brimley said.

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"We see a lot of customers looking for how to move servers out to the cloud," said Wil Herrera, vice president of professional services at Scottsdale, Ariz.-based iT1.

Wally Nehls, chief information officer consultant for Fort Wayne, Ind.-based ENS Group, named Office 365 as the leader for cloud growth. "We're in a conservative area, so cloud is still in its infancy, so we're kind of looking ... to be ahead of the curve."

Dave Powell, vice president of Birmingham, Ala.-based TekLinks, said small to medium-size businesses are looking to move entire environments to the cloud.

"And then at the enterprise, you're seeing it around particular workloads," he said, citing disaster recovery as a big space moving to the cloud.