The effect of cloud computing can be seen worldwide, so there is a growth in cloud computing across the spectrum. Growing companies are finding that cloud technologies deliver needed services while helping them save money and reduce IT maintenance. Results from a survey conducted by Dell Cloud Business Applications and shows adoption of cloud business applications is on the rise among small and midsize businesses. According to the survey results most people say that they’re adopting cloud applications and services to cut costs and increase efficiency, improve employee mobility, create innovation opportunities for organizational projects. Accessibility is the most important reason why owners and operators adopt cloud technology into their businesses. More than 70 % of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK have said that adoption of the cloud will be an important factor to contribute to the growth of their business in the next 12 months, according to a study by Fasthosts.
This year’s Microsoft/Amárach Cloud Index stands at 3.6 out of 10, up from 3.2 last year. The Microsoft’s focus, going forward, will be on four key areas, including the cloud, social, mobility and big data. The interesting area is the rise in the provisioning of resources on multiple clouds, which includes private-public combinations as well as multiple public clouds. The economics of cloud computing depend on the type of pricing with each service. Some, such as Salesforce, charge a flat monthly fee; others charge by usage. Many cloud applications are free to use, and a report by the Center for Public Policy Innovation found that mobile technology and cloud computing had lowered the cost of entry for smaller sized businesses. Organization’s goal isn’t just to move a workload to the cloud, but also to create value in the process and functions.
Small companies are more likely to be watching and learning about the cloud than large companies, since smaller companies are not that well-versed or educated about the potential opportunities, benefits, and risks associated with cloud computing. Data housed in the cloud is stored and processed in centers hundreds or even thousands of miles away from a company’s headquarters. While this lets entrepreneurs decide how much storage and processing power they need, it can also be an added frustration for business owners. To minimize system failures IT managers must have a clear, independent view of the service status and performance for each third party in addition to complete visibility of the application.
Make you ensured by asking some of the following questions:
- Is my data encrypted?
- How secure are data centers?
Outages, security, and the price tag are just some of the concerns causing businesses to take a cautious approach. Instead of going straight for the “all-in-one” approach, small businesses should identify their exact pain point, think about what a successful solution would look like, and then consider software that fits those criteria. Hybrid clouds are where most companies will live in the foreseeable future. Customers still need to do their homework and get details from providers on uptime guarantees, data protection, service levels and other policies and practices. Now days many of cloud service providers provides services on a “pay-as-you-go” platform, a real benefit for business owners and operators not looking to get wrapped up in long-term contracts.