Small businesses can use the Cloud in a step-by-step strategy to complement existing infrastructure and migrate to a more strategic level in the enterprise. Do you keep saying that Cloud is a good choice for small startups, but not for established companies? Here are five reasons why the Cloud is ready to be used in your business.
Cloud Gives Competitive Advantage
Some benefits of Cloud Computing are as follows:
- Replace Capital Expenditures for Operating Expenses
- Reduced hardware costs
- Reduction of capacity requirements
- Reduction of technological risks
- Increases in productivity
- Improvements in user experience
- Reducing impact on the environment
Many companies eventually realize that using the Cloud Computing helps save costs and get new applications for employees and customers, faster and with less risk. All these benefits mean that any company that uses it obtains testable competitive advantages.
Security is security, in the cloud and elsewhere
The same security standards that apply to data centers or on-site applications apply to the cloud. You should never skimp on security issues, no matter where the data is stored. However, staying out of the cloud does not necessarily prevent problems.
For example, many cloud providers offer certified SAS 70 data centers meaning their operations have passed a comprehensive security audit. These providers use best practices learned from hosting hundreds of different companies, giving them much more extensive experience.
The cloud is powered by top-level free software
The Internet has always had an important open source component such as HTML, Java, PHP, and the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl). Today, there are even more open options for every layer of the cloud, from data centers to SaaS applications ( Softawre as a Service ) . At the hardware level, Facebook’s Open Compute project has created server and data center designs with much lower costs and energy consumptions for servers and data centers in the public domain.
Currently, there are many free developments for the Cloud:
- Cisco, Dell, NASA, Rackspace and more than 50 organizations have created the OpenStack cloud . This includes free software to build scalable data storage, access virtual disk images, and build private and public clouds.
- Cloud Foundry is an open platform that offers services for developing and deploying applications in the Cloud with development tools such as Java, Ruby on Rails and MySQL.
Migrating to the Cloud is not an all or nothing
Fortunately, you do not have to bet the company when deciding to migrate to the Cloud. A good way to start is to segment the company portfolio into three groups:
- What is worth migrating to the cloud immediately
- What to expect
- Central applications, which are preferable to keep internal for the foreseeable future
Cloud Raises IT Role
In 2012, an international Gartner survey showed that an average IT department spends 67% of its maintenance budget and only 33% building new systems to grow and transform the company. Unfortunately, this is exactly the opposite of the ideal scenario for the senior executives.
Instead, a company needs to make smart use of new technologies like the Cloud and deliver more strategic services that really benefit businesses. The Cloud can elevate the IT department to a much more strategic level and foster new alliances among CIOs, CFOs and CEOs that give IT a lot more relevance within companies.
The cloud provides testable competitive advantages, with the same or more security, and a growing stack of reliable free software. You can use the Cloud in a step-by-step strategy to complement existing infrastructure and migrate to a more strategic level in the enterprise. For all these reasons, the Cloud is truly ready for business.