Just a short while ago—around 2010—many SMEs were understandably reluctant to adopt the cloud as their strategic IT solution. Cloud was more of a promising concept that was widely discussed, but very few enterprise leaders really had a clear picture of the possible capabilities and benefits vs. the pitfalls associated with cloud computing.
Shortly thereafter, in 2012 and 2013, as computing and data management challenges within traditional IT environments continued to mount, more intrepid organizations decided to take the plunge into Cloud. Then in 2014: Cloud has advanced far beyond the experimental stage and is giving every indication that it’s here to stay.
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As cloud offerings have grown steadily, many SMEs has decided to get involve the transition to Cloud computing into their business. This article will examine two primary questions when considering the move to cloud:
Why your company should transition to Cloud Computing?
When properly provisioned,the transition to Cloud can provide greater data security; an elastic environment that can be expanded as the need arises. Here are top reasons why your company should rethink your IT infrastructure and look into the benefits of private cloud computing.
1. Increasing Business Agility
Cloud enhances the Agility to immediately respond to changing business requirements, providing capabilities that can be provisioned and released in very elastic ways—sometimes automatically—to deliver rapid inward and outward scaling that fluctuates to meet variable demand. This remarkable elasticity can deliver unlimited capabilities in any quantity and at any time.
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2. Switching to cloud computing will save you time and money
The best part about a cloud is that not only do you get all of the great benefits of virtualization and security, but it can be cheaper and less of a hassle then hosting your own servers or buying dedicated servers.
3.Broad Network Access
Mobilization and globalization capabilities are available over the network and can be accessed through standard mobile phones, tablets, laptops and workstations. Thus, the business can connect people anywhere in the world.
4. The transition from physical to virtual servers leads to better flexibility
This is one of the most alluring benefits of cloud computing. The ability to spin up and tear down a server in a matter of minutes is incredibly powerful and useful. No longer is there any wasted effort in trying to size a server beforehand when you can create a server on the fly. Need more disk space? More RAM? More CPU? No problem. With private cloud computing, you can reallocate resources in moments without worrying about finding a physical server that will have the resources your new server needs.
5. Dedicated hardware means increased security
Much like a dedicated or collocated server, the security of your private cloud depends on a variety of factors. However, if you have the proper physical security, anti-virus software, and firewall rules in place, you can rest assured your data as safe as if it were sitting right next to your desk.
With a private cloud, you know where your servers are located and that the proper physical and network security is in place. You can meet and talk to those in charge of providing support for your hardware and come visit it if you like.
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To conclude, besides providing some tremendous benefits of pooled computing resources and virtualization, Cloud also maintains the security and reliability of a normal dedicated server. The cloud is not for everyone but a managed data centre operator can make the transition to cloud computing and enable you to fully experience all of the great benefits.