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13Jun 2014

Why more medium and large-scale business are engaging with the cloud

In the five years since cloud computing started to beguile the enterprise community, an increasing number of medium and large scale organisations are actively discussing a move to a cloud-based IT infrastructure. There is no geographical delineation, the same trend being expressed across the globe, particularly in the Far East, Europe and the IT powerhouse of South East Asia and Singapore.

Hesitation breeds a new industry

Any hesitation on the part of medium and large-scale corporations to move to the cloud is centred around three principal areas of concern: cost, security and scalability. Whilst many small operations have willingly embraced this new paradigm of information technology, many larger corporates are reluctant to transfer to what many still regard as being an ‘untested’ platform.

As the cloud has grown, it has therefore spawned a new industry of cloud consulting. In Singapore and South East Asia, the acceptance of cloud computing is more advanced and the need for ongoing consulting and the provision of genuinely expert advice has therefore increased. This is not surprising. The idea of moving a premises-based IT infrastructure to a medium that appears at first sight to be completely nebulous can make some executives nervous.

Cost, security and scalability

For companies contemplating transition to the cloud, an established platform is the first requirement, cost being the second, and security and flexibility, the third. The answer for many has been to jump on the back of an already globally established player, in the form of Amazon Web Services (AWS). With security and global access already built in through the international Amazon IT estate and local server network, the main concerns for potential IT migrants are limited to cost and scalability.

AWS, acknowledging the natural hesitation of some businesses to transfer to a new medium, offer maximum flexibility with familiar IT architectures. IT managers will feel completely at home with the methodology used by AWS, yet still be excited by the elasticity on offer. Furthermore, any cost-based objections are soundly defeated by the fact that AWS clients only pay for what they use, there being no upfront or maintenance fees.

Future drift to the cloud

Given the requirements for medium and large-scale businesses operating in today’s global market, especially the need for mobile/multi-platform data access, the idea of maintaining a building full of ageing and devaluing hardware is not a realistic business case for most organisations. The cloud will only become more advanced as time goes on and the value, security, flexibility and reliability that it provides will continue to advance, likely becoming the accepted norm for both medium and large-scale businesses in the future.

Speak to the cloud computing experts at Cloud Comrade

At Cloud Comrade, we specialise in providing our clients in Singapore and South East Asia with best in class cloud technology solutions that put them ahead of their competitors and which keep their critical data highly accessible and secure. Ready to take your business forward? So are we:www.cloudcomrade.com/

12Jun 2014

In recent years, technology has begun to play a bigger and bigger role in business, with companies that fail to keep on top of the latest developments quickly left behind.

One of the most important innovations currently making waves in the business world is the cloud; a network of servers that hosts software and stores huge amounts of files and data on the web. If you’re unsure about whether or not you should be getting on board, here are five signs that your business is ready for the cloud:

1. Your employees work remotely

Due to the nature of the cloud, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.

This makes it the perfect tool for companies whose employees work remotely, allowing everyone access to programs, files and software any time, any place.

2. You lack a disaster recovery plan

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your office was flooded or thieves stole all of your computers or hard drives?

Unfortunately many businesses have no plan when it comes to recovering data following a disaster, leaving them incredibly vulnerable.

However, by storing all of your programs and files on the cloud, you can keep them completely safe. Even if your office is damaged, you’ll still be able to access your important files and programs.

3. Your IT department spends too long installing upgrades and maintaining your systems

One of the main benefits of using the cloud is that the majority of programs than run on the platform are upgraded and maintained remotely. This takes the pressure off of your IT department and allows them to concentrate on developing your business.

4. You’re planning to grow quickly in the near future

As the cloud has an enormous capacity and is home to some very advanced programs, switching to cloud computing can help to future proof your business, making it easier to expand quickly in the future.

The professional and specialist programs available will give your business the tools that it needs to succeed, while at the same time making it easier for you to expand.

5. You need to improve your company’s security

If you’re worried about cyber attacks, malware and other security issues, switching to cloud computing can help to alleviate your fears and keep your company’s files secure.

Storing all of your files in the cloud also means that if an employee goes home with a laptop or any of your computers are stolen, they won’t be able to access any sensitive information or damage your business.

With more and more programs, software and storage companies using cloud computing, it’s only a matter of time before all businesses have some sort of presence on the cloud.

So why not make the move now, give your company the tools it needs to succeed and stay one step ahead of the competition.

Speak to the cloud computing experts at Cloud Comrade

At Cloud Comrade, we specialise in providing our clients in Singapore and South East Asia with best in class cloud technology solutions that put them ahead of their competitors and which keep their critical data highly accessible and secure. Ready to take your business forward? So are we:www.cloudcomrade.com/

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