Keeping ahead of the curve in business ecosystems is difficult, particularly when you can watch big names fall from grace and play catch-up to those that were previously following in their footsteps.
Cloud Computing is regularly promoted as “the answer” for businesses
One technology that is regularly promoted as being the answer for businesses that want to lead rather than trail in the wake of their competitors is cloud computing. But do the benefits of the cloud live up to the hype and what are the things you should look for in a good cloud service?
The primary positive point of the cloud, noted by its key supporters, is affordability. For a business to be motivated into making the leap to cloud computing, it needs to be convinced that this will be cheaper than its current internal systems. Purchasing computational services on demand, only paying for what you use and avoiding maintenance costs, all keep cloud platforms on the less expensive end of the scale.
The cloud is best used as a seamlessly included feature of an IT setup that allows for multiple disparate areas to be pulled together and operate in harmony. Providers should be able to present you with packages that include things like internet hosting, e-commerce and social networking along with data backup and security.
Cloud computing needs to scale to meet the growth of your business and this does not only refer to increased capacity requirements as more users are added. It also necessitates that the cloud platform you choose can be upgraded to cope with new software and solutions as time passes.
The cloud should be able to be malleable enough to mould into a shape that feels purpose built for your business. This lack of rigidity will mean that businesses with one employee or one thousand will be able to take something positive from cloud computing.
These four criteria will help you to identify the best possible cloud provider for the job.
This blog was written by Stefan Töpfer – Hon FIoEE, Group CEO & Chairman of WinWeb http://www.winweb.com/