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There has been lots and lots of news about cloud computing lately. Some people think it is a really big deal, while others have been warning us that it’s just a bunch of hype. We definitely take the first position. Cloud computing is a major step forward for computing, and it’s going to help make any further steps much easier and less expensive.
Upgrades are generally an afterthought with cloud computing. It turns the whole process into something completely different, where you don’t need to worry about purchasing the new software and your server is used in much more intelligent and efficient ways. Cloud computing also allows for much higher connectivity with other businesses.
If you hear anybody with any knowledge or credibility downplaying the cloud’s impending role, you ought to question their motives for sure. The efficiency and speed granted to cloud users will definitely be taking its toll on traditional tech arbitrage. There will be little room for middlemen, as upgrades are directly, sometimes spontaneously applied to users’ computing. This will effectively eliminate several sources of revenue which numerous stodgy execs have grown to rely upon in the last few years.
Don’t be fooled by any bellyachers. The path has been cleared for the cloud, and your business will definitely pick up the pace because of it. Just make sure that you actually know something about cloud technology before you jump on board with it. Yes, it will require a few tweaks to your existing infrastructure, but these tweaks will be minor and seamless. Yes, you will probably need to bone up on your computing knowledge, but so will everybody else. You don’t want your IT guys taking the company over, do you?
Of course you want to keep your business on the cutting edge, and cloud services will allow you to do exactly this. Any kind of enterprise or firm will benefit heavily from such a move. More importantly, businesses that choose not to get up on the cloud will quickly see themselves falling far behind their competition. It’s just the way that things are going now. Those who stand against it, no matter how noble their intentions are, will not succeed by any means.
So, your best move is to stay current with the times. This means getting on board with cloud computing. But don’t just jump in with any old provider… do your research and find a reputable computing services company who can tell you exactly what the cloud will do for you. There are dozens of choices out there right now. Location is less and less of a problem as time goes by, because technology has been allowing an increasing amount of remote connectivity to factor into the equation. Make sure your IT people have a say in the whole process as well. They’ve been running your systems, probably for years, and will offer some of the best insights as to what will work and what won’t. Finally, good luck.
By Deney Dentel
Deney serves as CEO for Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems specializes in IBM and open storage products for data centers of all sizes. Nordisk has expertise in VMware, KVM, Xen, Hyper-V and especially PowerVM
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