The five aspects Schmidt suggests considering before embracing cloud computing are outages, speed, privacy/security, compatibility, and switching platforms. The one that I would like to focus on is outages. Outages happen, it’s undeniable, so businesses should be prepared. “If there isn’t an alternative to a cloud feature, that should sound some alarms.” Earlier in the year, when Amazon’s EC2 went out, the companies that survived the short outage were ones that had backup servers in place. A main fear that I hear continually brought up about moving to the cloud is the possibility of outages, and from what we have all learned from the past is that the cloud will work smoothly as long as you plan accordingly.
To piggyback off of last week’s Cloudup in which we touched on the predicted growth of SaaS and IaaS, this article states that “enterprise spending on the public cloud is due to grow by 139 per cent between 2010 and 2011.” This was calculated by studying the positive trends recorded in IT expenditure such as “cloud computing, wireless, wireline voice, IP communications and wireline data.”
The idea that cloud computing is a new way of going green is not new; we’ve posted a lot of articles about this in the past. This article, unlike the ones in the past, puts a number to this idea. Verdantix’s report “estimates that cloud computing could enable companies to save $12.3 billion off their energy bills.” $12.3 billion also means 85.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions will be saved as well by 2020. If 12 billion dollars isn’t enough to persuade your company to make the swift, I don’t know what will.
Cloud computing could be very beneficial for SMBs, but unfortunately, a recent Zoomerang survey found that many small and medium-sized business owners are confused on what “the cloud” means and what the technology could mean to them. 47% of the SMBs studied said they were not familiar with the technology, and 25% said they don’t know what it means. To set the record straight, cloud computing for SMBs means not having to deal with physical infrastructures like file and email servers, storage systems, or actual, physical software. “This means less time and money is spent on managing the technology,” as well as provides SMBs with “anywhere, anytime” accessibility to these solutions. Cloud computing means less hassle, less spending, and frees up their time so it can be spent on what really matters to their business.
Make sure to check out this ebiz forum on how cloud computing should evolve. Some responses so far claim that the cloud should become more user-friendly and easier to understand, while others say that the cloud does not necessarily need to evolve, per-se, but that it will just by default evolve. What are your takes on this discussion? Add your input through the link below.