We all know the benefits of cloud computing.
- Sharing resources with other customers means reduced costs.
- Ease of access to business apps and documents makes mobile work simple.
- You’re always online, so productivity and collaboration needn’t be affected in the event of a disaster.
- Cloud service providers ensure all business-critical information is secure.
- Cloud computing also makes it easier to scale operations up or down according to changing needs.
But just because businesses understand how the cloud can improve productivity and boost revenue, this doesn’t mean that all are using cloud computing to the fullest. Cloud education firm, Cloudstanding.co.uk, polled 350 IT decision makers in the UK and found that many were in the dark as to how cloud is being used in their businesses and several failed to understand how migrating business functions to the cloud could make their day-to-day operations more efficient and cohesive.
Failing to see the true potential
In September this year, the International Data Corporation (IDC) released the results of a survey of 6 100 organisations in 31 countries. The study shows that 68% of respondents are using some type of cloud platform – be it public, private or hybrid – as part of their IT mix.
That may seem like a relatively high number, but the IDC further revealed that a mere 3% of these companies have realised “superior business outcomes” as a result of their cloud deployment. Of this 3% who are using cloud computing to boost their bottom line, 95% have opted for hybrid infrastructures that comprise various private and public clouds.
Why go hybrid?
Hybrid cloud is a combination of on-premises, private and public cloud. A hybrid approach to IT allows businesses to take advantage of the best aspects of public and private computing; essentially giving them best of both worlds. Non-critical workloads and information can be housed in the public cloud, while sensitive data and mission-critical workloads live on private infrastructure. Hybrid cloud can also function as a great stepping stone between onsite and offsite virtual deployments. One of the greatest reasons to embrace a hybrid IT model is the improved business agility, which gives businesses more options and allows them to make the best use of their IT resources, like Conosco did for client Anya Hindmarch.
Finding the right cloud services partner
Be it public, private or hybrid cloud, businesses need to partner with the right managed cloud services providers if they really want to get the most out of the cloud. When looking for a cloud computing partner, ensure that their offerings can be tailored to meet your unique needs.
At Conosco we’ll assess your business’ specific needs before we migrate any services to the cloud. Whatever your requirements, we have the expertise to implement the appropriate cloud solution for you.
There’s no doubt that cloud computing is here to stay. With our cloud based services, we combine a methodical approach, strategic consultancy and personalised service to ensure that you have everything you need to get the most out of the cloud. Contact us for more information.