Life just got a bit harder for cloud computing services company Rackspace Hosting. Google aggressively reduced prices across its range of cloud services recently, while deep-pocketed competitors like Amazon, Microsoft, and Oracle are committed to offering infrastructure as a service, or IaaS, at highly competitive rates. In addition, Cisco Systems is planning to invest heavily in offering IaaS. While much of this is known to investors, it's sometimes easy to lose site of the fundamental reasons why these companies are doing this and why competition is only going to get more intense.
Why companies are investing in IaaSSimply put, it works. The companies that have transitioned to offering their services and applications on a software as a service, or SaaS, basis have seen a transformational improvement in their prospects. The three leading examples of this change are Adobe, Autodesk, and Intuit. Investing Fools already know how and why these companies are outperforming the markets.