Cloud solutions found its niche in small businesses, IT, and according to SmallBusinessComputing.com’s Pedro Hernandez, and the market. Cloud computing could grow to a multi-billion dollar industry, bringing in an estimated $68 billion by 2014. Used for data storage, file sharing, data security, and web hosting, cloud-based solutions are being used to simplify project management, secure valuable data and access work from multiple devices. Raj Sabhlok, a Forbes contributor coming out of Silicon Valley, has given a forecast of cloudy skies ahead, in the world of SMBs, and we agree.
IT Might Show Some Cloud Appreciation
About a year ago, TechRepublic.com asked, “If the cloud can manage your online security and database with a cloud-based server, will that eliminate the role of the IT department?” Since then, IT departments have not gone away and neither has the cloud. Sabhlok says adopting cloud-based solutions for CRM, ERP and helpdesk issues, will allow IT departments to maintain existing systems within the companies’ architecture. IT departments won’t have to worry about fixing bugs and performing updates to backup software as much. Somehow IT departments and the cloud exist in harmony.
Using cloud solutions to share files and collaborate on projects has been considered innovative and the alternative way to work. Sabhlok predicts, in the coming year, companies will embrace the idea that productivity can happen at anytime, instead of 8 to 5, as it is in most businesses. Employees can collaborate, share and access files from anywhere, at anytime and from any device on a cloud computing SaaS (software as a solution). Elevating productivity is a plus for any company, which is why cloud-sharing platforms, like Google Drive and DropBox will be the norm, instead of the innovative way to collaborate.
Open Source Meets the Cloud
Open-source platforms are about collaboration and the sharing of information. CloudStack, an open-source software program meant to deploy and maintain large networks of virtual machines, evolved in an organic way. Taking collaboration and open source to a scalable IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud-computing program, CloudStack is the product of marrying open source with cloud computing. Sabhlok says that while there may be some skeptics that will be hesitant to take on this new technology, we should expect more companies signing on with open-source cloud platforms.
Virtually Ideal for Small Business
Cloud-based hosting, like virtual-private-server (VPS) hosting solutions, has been noted as ideal for small businesses, says Hernandez. A cloud-based hosting provider, like Amazon Web Services, can be ideal for small business that don’t have a large IT department. Cloud-based servers also tend to be more affordable, which is a selling point for any small business that is trying to budget their earnings. Spend your surplus on good employees who will help you to tackle the next challenge.