Managing Cloud Computing Options

By | Jul 21, 2014

Today's cloud computing options are empowering midsize firms with opportunities like never before. Companies that aim to be more competitive should seriously consider which various cloud platforms and provisioning tools are necessary for their own data infrastructures.

Upward Trends

A recent IDC cloud market study, detailed in the Business Technology Roundtable, broke down the latest trends in the cloud market. The Public Cloud Services Tracker's findings show that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) makes up 72 percent of public cloud services market. That's set to grow 20 percent year-over-year, fueled by applications like enterprise resource management (ERM) and customer relationship management (CRM). Meanwhile, the SaaS market continues to gain ground in elements of system security, management and storage.

Following SaaS, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) also have consistent growth trends.

The U.S. has a nearly 70 percent hold on the cloud market, proving there is an emphasis in cloud innovation for all types of firms and industries. IDC pointed out increased spending on cloud services across 19 product categories.

New Options for Midsize Business

The cloud allows midsize firms to access and manipulate their information more easily — a necessary practice in a business world that has become increasingly interconnected and mobile. IT professionals have their work cut out for them when it comes to optimizing the use of these solutions. There are several choices to consider when it comes to platforms and their security. Obviously, making the right decision is not the simplest task when working with limited time and resources.

Each firm is different in its needs and its business goals. Some midsize firms prefer private storage, which is a cloud infrastructure that the company manages in-house. Private cloud infrastructures support midsize businesses that may require ad hoc systems to be created on a regular basis. Firms can therefore create, manage and manipulate their own data when they need to with specific security requirements in mind. Others find public clouds to be more cost-efficient and flexible, allowing them to outsource their data management to an external service provider and focus on more pressing internal tasks. Hybrid clouds, on the other hand, often provide the best of both worlds.

The key is to settle for the best solution, one that achieves savings and delivers on the computing power and resources needed. As IDC's latest survey on the market points out, the options are only growing.

Clouds Ahead

Whether they are used to reduce operating costs, analyze workloads and data or increase processing power, cloud computing options all aim to boost productivity despite the platform. It comes down to company need. Experts that understand the needs of growing firms can work with IT professionals to help establish the right cloud and proper security solutions. This combination can help ensure that no matter what type of cloud one uses, its unique benefits will shine through.

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