After reading one of my posts about cloud computing in another blog of mine, someone leave a comment saying that I – and all of my blog readers – should get our heads out of the cloud, arguing that cloud computing are too much hyped and only bring headaches to both business and individuals.
Well, unless he’s talking nonsense, I’m sure he never use Yahoo! mail, Twitter, Facebook, Skype and other popular services (yes, although they are not true cloud services like Office 365, Dropbox and such, they run in the cloud.)
However, I understand his worries – there are data loss, security loopholes, outages, and other issues related to the cloud. I also agree that, despite some experts say that cloud computing has matured and has already becoming mainstream, cloud services are need to work hard thwarting many cloud-related issues if they want to quiet the naysayers.
One thing for sure – despite the fear of cloud bubble burst and other cloud mishaps – both individuals and businesses embraces the cloud, whether they like it or not. The cloud is life hacking and changes the game businesses play in business competition.
According to PC World cloud computing poll results on how IT and business leaders are using public and private clouds, more than 80 percent are either planning to or have already adopting the cloud. Nearly one-quarter of the 72 respondents say that they are on their way toward virtualized data centers, while 17 percent of respondents never use the cloud.
Related: Trends in virtualization for SMBs
It seems that many business leaders are still unsure about the benefits of going cloud. However, playing in the waiting game will not bring any benefits, as first movers and risk takers are always getting the edge over the competition.
The cloud can offer a business plenty of benefits – savings in equipment costs, savings in operational costs, improved productivity, and many other benefits.
Just be sure you do your due diligence, such as ensuring that the cloud is what your business needs and planning for disaster recovery, to get prepared if things go wrong with your cloud vendors.