Business is Moving to the Cloud


/// Millions of companies are turning over more and more of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, after numerous recent reports and industry pundits have highlighted exactly how beneficial the use of cloud hosting can be.

A recent article from Smart Company, written by contributor Michelle Hammond, gave its readers an insight into how over the past year, small businesses were 106% more likely to move their infrastructure to the cloud.

This insight was validated in findings from the March 2013 MYOB Business Monitor survey.

"Our research findings provide a clear cut case for embracing online technologies in business," said MYOB chief executive Tim Reed. "The gap in financial performance is widening between the online-savvy and the online-cautious."

And it's not just Smart Company and MYOB who have noticed the change. Industry pundits and business analysts from a range of different disciplines share observations about the increasing rate of cloud adoption. A contributor for Forbes, Reuven Cohen has also identified a trend of increased adoption of cloud hosting services. His research found that over half of U.S. businesses are now using cloud computing technology to endorse their brands or run mission-critical applications.

In a recent article, another contributor for Forbes, Scott Good, explored the benefits of the cloud in all kinds of sectors, particularly health. He described the benefits of the cloud for both doctors and patients. By using cloud storage of EMR - electronic medical records - Doctors now have the ability to view their patients' files at the touch of a button. 

The major benefits that persuade businesses to move their resources to the cloud are increased security and lower IT costs. But there's another advantage beyond just lower costs, which is how shifting from a CapEx model to an OpEx model benefits the bottom line. With traditional on-premise IT expenditures, a business has to tie up critical resources in expensive servers, networking, cooling systems and the like. With cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), the costs become operational and even in many cases can be utility based. That's a huge bonus for businesses in highly competitive markets.


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