These days, it is becoming increasingly accepted that small to medium sized businesses must at least seriously consider cloud computing if they are to maintain industry competitiveness.
Accessing applications through the Internet allows companies to free up space on their own servers, reducing expenditure and allowing employees to work from anywhere – an increasing trend in a world in which the ’9 to 5′ is evaporating. It can allow for the more flexible meeting of the needs of a business, as extra bandwidth from servers can be requested as and when it is needed, cost-effectively.
Cloud computing services can also significantly lessen a company’s dependence on its own complicated disaster recovery arrangements, with reduced downtime consistently achieved compared to those firms that have not embraced cloud computing. It can also have positive security implications, as when data is stored in the cloud, it can still be accessed regardless of damage to or loss of machines like laptops.
Then, there’s the social responsibility angle to consider, going hand in hand with operational costs. A firm that makes use of only the server space that it requires via cloud computing has a reduced carbon footprint. Energy consumption and carbon emissions are both significantly reduced, by at least 30%, when cloud computing is used as an alternative to on-site servers. This reduction is frequently as high as 90% for smaller companies.
What makes the best cloud computing solution in 2013?
However, this is not to suggest that your own company – whether big or small – should necessarily be satisfied with any cloud computing solution in the year 2013. After all, businesses are continually demanding more in terms of performance from all of their IT solutions, and many understandably want to do this at the same time as slashing their IT expenditure and encouraging profitability.
That is why you are likely to appreciate a cloud computing solution that reduces CAPEX, minimises OPEX and makes the structure of your spending more consistent. Increasingly agile businesses also demand increasingly agile cloud computing solutions that are scalable enough to aid a firm’s commercial success while future proofing its IT.
Employees and clients alike will form a powerful impression of your company’s operations from how positive and free of hitches their experience with you is. That is why you should invest in high-performing servers and optimised data environments that have been designed from the core for ultimate resilience, and as a result deliver dependable uptime on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis.
A better-optimised cloud computing solution for 2013 will not only be as much as 50% quicker than past generations of cloud, but will also deliver availability of as much as 99.995%. Risk should also be well-managed, courtesy of firewalling, real time mirroring, continuity and backup, while the best cloud computing infrastructure specialist is also likely to have regular ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 27001 (Information Security) audits.
And of course, you are also likely to be reassured by a truly green cloud, provided by a company with a 100% renewable energy policy – all sending the best possible signal of social responsibility to stakeholders.