Businesses cannot overlook cloud computing services

Friday 18 January 2013

Cloud computing is set to infiltrate every organisation over the coming months and years, with or without the approval of the chief information officers (CIO).

According to Computacenter, 98.9 per cent of organisations surveyed said they already use at least one cloud service within their IT operation.

The firm claimed the data centre needs to continually adapt to cope with planned and unplanned demands from the business.

This is an issue which has intensified with huge virtualisation sprawl and the expectations of cloud computing, Computacenter argued.

"With off-premise options snapping at the heels of the corporate data centre, IT departments need to ensure their on-premise services meet current and future business needs," the firm stated.

"And that means lower costs, greater agility and higher availability."

Computacenter said the cloud brings "key benefits" set to transform the way IT is consumed within the enterprise, including cost, flexibility and agility.

The challenge for most organisations is maintaining control in the face of the increasing consumerisation of IT, it noted.

"Cloud gains much of its efficiency through very high utilisation, with many cloud services providers' data centres running at 50 per cent or higher," the firm stated.

"In contrast, many enterprises run their data centres at ten per cent utilisation or less."

Posted by Alex Boardman