Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Small Business?

Cloud Computing
Since virtualisation surfaced as a scalable, reliable and robust IT solution, it’s been marketed as the perfect answer for small to medium businesses. With the pull of increased security, improved accessibility, reduced downtime as well as reduced costs of server maintenance, businesses have been falling at the feet of marketers. But in a recent article by John Leonard on the Computing News website, half of SMEs are still steering clear of the cloud.

Why is this? With SMEs making up 90 per cent of business in the UK, it’s important to understand why virtualisation still doesn’t seem like a viable option to half of this market.

Specialised Needs

The answer is really in the detail of each business. With all the benefits that the cloud can offer, SMEs all have different needs and whilst some SMEs are well suited to the virtualised data centre, others seem content with a small in-house IT department and local servers.

In a later article by Aimee Chanthadavong on ZD NET, the writer explains that SMEs in Australia are beginning to warm to the cloud. Perhaps it’s just a matter of understanding the benefits of virtualisation against each company’s own individual business needs. Aimee Chanthadavong wrote that cloud usage had increased from 44 per cent to 51 per cent of medium sized businesses using cloud computing services. This was backed up by the Cloud Computing in Australia report (PDF).

IT Solutions Which Can Improve Your Business

Whether the cloud is something you are ready to consider yet, or you still don’t see how virtualisation can really improve your IT performance, it’s without doubt that updated IT solutions are something you need to consider.

With the growth and development of modern devices such as tablets, smart phones and remote access technology, there will be increased strain on your network. This increased strain includes greater complexity in traffic patterns which can pose a risk with your security. The increased data flowing over the network will also require an updated and robust IT network in order to handle this information. To find out more about IT solutions such as integration, networking, lifestyle and managed services, or cloud services, visit Logicalis, a leading international provider.

If you would like to further consider the benefits of cloud computing and how it can improve your business operations, take a look at the advantages and disadvantages, clearly outlined in this informative article on