Boost SMB capabilities with cloud computing

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Cloud computing can enhance small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in a number of ways, it has been claimed.

Andy Burton, chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum, said hosted services are challenging the fundamentals of how firms manage IT operations - and therefore business - efficiently in an online world.

"Today cloud services evoke an understanding and expectation of scalability, agility and value-for-money on a pay-as-you-go basis that can therefore fit the needs of the smallest business or consumer to the largest enterprise or government," he stated.

Mr Burton said one of the basic challenges for any organisation wishing to operate in the modern world is how they access, manage and deliver IT services in a secure, flexible and cost effective manner.

"It has long been the aim to improve the way IT assets are used, and to de-risk the need for expensive on-premise infrastructure where asset utilisation is typically around 20 per cent of capacity."

He added that cloud computing offers "a level playing field" upon which the focus shifts significantly from maintenance to innovation and market reach.

John F. Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president at IT analyst IDC, explained that the low costs associated with hosted services enable companies large and small to utilise them.

Posted by Alex Boardman