PC experts believe in the long-term that most small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will rely on Internet-based computing to meet their needs. These companies may move business software to the cloud in order to share IT resource, host applications, provide data backups and online storage and generally improve availability.
Benefits are clear – Internet (cloud) based computing saves a company not only precious time, but money on expensive hardware upgrades.
Cloud computing appears to be transforming the way people visualize themselves doing business. It is what organizations want, a new way of doing business to help improve performance, increase productivity, enhance service delivery, and operate as a successful company.
The benefits of cloud computing and the services it provides, like on-demand availability of web-based computer applications, proves what SMBs want and view as important in the future, if they are to respond quickly to today’s fast-paced business IT data centers’ needs.
Besides, most IT environments agree that they need a scalable, flexible and functional computer infrastructure, which the cloud provides. They also agree on the need for a service, be it’s private, hybrid or public, or the type Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) option to be able to respond quickly to a particular situation or reach a business goal.
With one of the available online cloud services, one is sure to have a solution that offers maximum cost-efficiency through on-demand network access to be able to collaborate on documents and/or share information at anytime, anywhere, on almost any computer or mobile device.
Those that move to the cloud will know that they will be using an efficient and agile IT infrastructure, one that can account for business improvements and governance. Such technology can also improve user services.
The importance of cloud computing has become quite clear: it has allowed a business to operate more cost effectively; as a result of everything is done in the cloud, and it has allowed a business to enhance operational efficiency, providing users services and delivery of centralized data and applications.
With cloud computing, SMBs no longer are obliged to buy hardware and software licenses, or even manages their IT on-site, when they can spend it on a cloud-based service, offering either monthly plans or pay-as-you-go cloud computing solutions.
These days, the cloud market already shows that it has gained popularity in business, indicating it has already met the demands of most industries for different applications and services. There is proof that cloud users have also put cloud apps to good use and have found innovative ways to improve business agility.
There is no doubt that SMBs will continue to embrace cloud computing, if they can overcome some of the cloud’s current limitations, such as data protection and privacy concerns, and begin to trust others to safeguard the critical data (or work with a trusted partner) to control what is shared and collaborated off-site.
It seems inevitable that today’s cloud users are driving cloud adoption, indicating that those who have yet to move to the cloud will in the foreseeable future.
Cloud computing in business is expected to continue evolving over the next several years.