Businesses must establish a case for the cloud

Friday 23 November 2012


When embracing cloud computing, businesses need to have a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve, it has been claimed.

Malcolm Herbert, director of infrastructure consulting at Red Hat in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the cloud must meet companies' business goals and fit in with the way they want to work.

Writing for Techworld, he said the cloud must enable firms to react with greater agility and speed to new requirements.

Mr Herbert said businesses need to identify a workload that will actually perform in the cloud.

"Bear in mind that it’s not just about potential cost-savings," he stated.

"You need to look at whether an application will perform well, cover the needs of customers and be manageable within your existing processes and organisational structure."

Mr Herbert claimed businesses cannot afford to take such factors for granted.

Writing for Wired, Edwin Schouten recently claimed that cloud computing users may experience fewer operational issues.

He said the use of standardised services can "significantly" reduce issues and defects, and improve business continuity.

"Cloud computing allows you to deploy the same service or topology of services repetitively, with the same result every time," Mr Schouten stated.

Posted by Alex Boardman