Cloud computing helps SMBs compete
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Small and medium-sized businesses are turning to cloud computing technology to improve efficiency, lower operating costs and boost database performance, among other reasons. A recent report by IT nonprofit CompTIA and ClikCloud, however, suggested that SMBs are adopting the cloud to also compete with other companies and spark innovation.
The report asserted that the cloud offers SMBs access to new applications and services they would otherwise not be able to afford. ClikCloud founder Dan Shapero explained that his company can meet the demands of companies no matter where they are located.
"Economies of scale afforded by the cloud help keep our capital costs down and help fix our operating expenses," Shapero said. "In turn, we can put our efforts into value added service instead of maintenance of expensive infrastructure."
Cloud computing, along with virtualization and mobility, are considered essential technologies for SMBs looking to improve their overall IT infrastructure and boost disaster preparedness. A recent survey conducted by IT security firm Symantec found that 40 percent of SMBs have deployed publics cloud, while 43 percent have launched private ones. More than one-third of organizations have adopted mobility and virtualization.