cloud computingThe small business sector has been forever changed by the rapid and consistent proliferation of new technology, as well as the mass-globalization of economic markets. Cloud computing has stood as one of the more important enablers of IT modernization, especially for small and medium-sized businesses that need affordable, flexible and intuitive solutions to tackle their operational needs.

First, Software-as-a-Service became a highly common deployment for simple functions such as email, data storage and file transfers. Now, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service markets are experiencing exponential growth because of the need for full interoperability and completely modernized IT frameworks.

Why is the cloud necessary?
It is clear that the cloud computing market will continue to grow at a rapid pace, with Gartner predicting that the technology will account for the majority of new IT expenditures by 2016. However, SMBs might wonder why these solutions have become so popular, and here are the top three catalysts driving deployments in the modern market:

  1. Enterprise mobility: Regardless of whether companies are allowing their employees to use personal smartphones and tablets, or if they are providing staff with these devices, mobility is a breakthrough trend in the modern SMB sector. In fact, IDC stated in one report that small businesses represent the most active adopters of BYOD. Cloud computing enables the accessibility and centralized management needed for a successful mobility strategy.
  2.  Big data: Regardless of whether a business has started to leverage advanced analytics tools or not, global data volumes are spiking rapidly. The increased need for affordable solutions that can be used to access, manipulate and store information amid the rising popularity of big data has driven cloud computing popularity further, especially among SMBs.
  3. Continuity: Whereas many studies indicated that entrepreneurs were commonly negligent in terms of continuity practices in the past, the tides have changed following major instances of data loss and disaster. Cloud-based backup and recovery services have been seen as unmatched forces in the battle to become more resilient in the face of adversity.

As many SMBs will not have large IT departments or the organizational know-how to run a tight and efficient cloud computing strategy, the use of managed service providers is often recommended. With an MSP, business leaders will be able to focus on everyday operational needs and leave the requirements of cloud computing maintenance to the professionals.

Peter Farley, Vice President

Tech II Business Services, Inc.

  • author Dan BardinPublished on April 17th, 2014

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