Cloud vendor selection shouldn’t be overlooked

Cloud vendor selection shouldn’t be overlooked

May 18

There are plenty of uses for cloud computing, whether firms want to allow employees unprecedented access to work-related data, finally replace outdated IT systems or take advantage of the technology’s scalable storage capacity. Businesses that are considering implementing cloud solutions should not take a hasty approach to such a matter, because choosing the right vendor can make all the difference in the long run.

A recent Business2Community report by Lynnette Nolan indicated that companies already using some type of cloud-based service, such as Google Docs, should adopt a cloud solution that works well with these other applications.

One of the best uses of hosted environments is cloud backup, a process which automatically backs up corporate data without needing employees to perform such tedious tasks manually. According to Nolan, firms should determine if they need data backup, file syncing or both capabilities with their cloud deployment.

Another area in which employees can benefit greatly from the use of cloud computing is productivity. Should a company experience a major disaster, staff members can still use their smartphones, tablets and PCs to access corporate data and remain active regardless of the situation.

Confidence in the cloud’s capabilities growing
A survey of nearly 800 IT experts, vendors and end users by GigOM and North Bridge found that half believe that cloud computing can support their most important applications. The results, according to Michael Skok, a partner at North Bridge, clearly show that there is growing confidence in the use of hosted environments.

“While agility and scalability continue to be primary drivers for cloud adoption, IT decision makers are beginning to trust the cloud with more mission-critical applications like ecommerce,” Skok said.

Jay Lyman, senior analyst at 451 Group, said the survey is in line with what the research firm has confirmed with its own studies.

“The move away from internally-hosted to public and hybrid clouds reflects the need and desire to integrate with other technologies, vendors and ecosystems,” Lyman said.

The cloud is undoubtedly one of the most significant solutions to impact the IT industry in many years. Although some IT professionals used to scoff at the idea of migrating mission-critical applications to the cloud, it is clear that more organizations are embracing the possibilities associated with the technology, which has asserted itself as a necessity for companies of many different sizes.