Working For a Startup
Chances are if you’re working for a startup or smaller company, you don’t have a robust IT department. You’d be lucky to even have a couple IT specialists. It’s not that smaller companies are ignoring the value and importance of IT, but with limited resources, they can’t afford to focus on anything other than the core elements of their business and why they require cloud computing services.
This often leaves smaller businesses at a disadvantage when trying to compete with large companies and big budgets. Fortunately, new cloud tech advancements are helping level the playing field, so that even with limited IT resources, smaller organizations can now have access to cloud technology and quality performance typically reserved for larger, enterprise businesses
BYOD and DaaS
The best way to describe how cloud computing is perfect for your organization is with practical examples. For example, if you're running or working for a startup, chances are you’re operating on some kind of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Many smaller companies go this route, as it saves having to pay for machines and software licensing. Also, many startups either have a small workplace or allow their employees to work from anywhere, meaning portable devices are a necessity.
This presents a unique challenge. If employees are constantly switching between smartphones, tablets and laptops, it can be difficult to keep everything stored in one, easy-to-find location, as if they were operating on one machine. Of course, there are services like Dropbox and Google Drive to help improve collaboration and file sharing, but they often lack the business tools necessary to match the performance of enterprise cloud computing services.
This is why many companies have adopted a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI offers a number of advantages over traditional infrastructures. The biggest being the ability to access desktops remotely, regardless of the devices being used. That means someone could seamlessly start a project on their tablet and finish it on their laptop. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can easily handoff projects between devices.
However, as useful as a VDI is, it’s often out of reach for smaller organizations. That’s because of the heavy upfront costs. While an effective means of simplifying mobile access to desktop applications, VDI requires the purchasing and managing of a centralized VDI in a data center or private cloud. This is where Desktop as a Service, or DaaS, becomes incredibly useful. With DaaS, organizations can pay cloud providers to host and manage the VDI, thereby avoiding those heavy upfront costs. Those considering DaaS as an option have a number of solid providers available as well, the top being companies like Amazon, VMware or Dell.
DaaS helps take cloud computing to the next level because it offers the advantages of VDI along with additional cloud benefits, like flexibility and security. By shifting the responsibility of handling virtualization needs to providers, startups and smaller companies can dramatically reduce their dependence on IT. The provider will handle things like security, licensing, patching and updates, meaning organizations will have less of a need for many IT professionals and will simply divert most of their IT budget towards paying for the service.
Smaller companies have to be much more nimble than larger companies, as they are constantly reacting to dramatic shifts in growth and demands. In the past, organizations would have to anticipate demand, and then build their infrastructure to handle it. That often meant overestimating and overspending most of the year. It also meant risking an underestimate, and then having to spend more money for upgrades. Cloud solutions help reduce this ambiguity and allow companies to quickly scale up or down, depending on their needs. So, if your startup starts to grow, you don’t need to add new infrastructure for your machines. Instead you can quickly increase your requirements with your provider to match company growth.
By Rick Delgado