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cloud computing uk

In recent weeks there have been many stories relating to the fact that some of the world’s largest tech corporations are starting to invest in cloud computing platforms for a global audience.

Google and Samsung are just two of the companies that look set to offer individual users the chance to store data in the cloud, following in the footsteps of dedicated services like Dropbox and homogenously integrated facilities bolted on to other products, like Apple’s iCloud.

However, V3.co.uk reports on the positive impact that the growth of the cloud is having on smaller firms in the UK’s IT sector. It points out that the headline-grabbing nature of the big fish can often obscure the more modest, but no less significant successes, attained by budding businesses.

One such company that falls into this category is Interoute, which saw profits rise to £6.4 million last year, thanks to the uptick in cloud computing adoption rates.

CEO, Gareth Williams, said that 55 per cent of Interoute’s revenues are generated by the products which it offers through the cloud. He also said that not all of its clients are based in the UK, with international organisations like UEFA taking advantage of services which help the British economy.

Mr Williams said that he believes that it is possible to identify future trends in the implementation of cloud computing, with current predictions suggesting that video services that run on cloud platforms, will rise to prominence over the next few years.

Video conferencing is used by many companies which want to reduce the costs associated with having to travel to meetings and increase productivity because less time is spent on the move.

Mr Williams said that in 2011, about 15 per cent of Interoute’s revenue was based on video services and he anticipates that this will only increase in 2012.

Tablet devices like the iPad, which are becoming increasingly popular in the world of business, will help to put greater emphasis on video conferencing, according to Mr Williams.

While the FaceTime service offered by Apple is adequate for consumer use, in the business world, most would require something that is a little more powerful, scalable and suitable for more complex interactions.

This is something that Interoute and other companies are looking into developing, so that as demand for such services grows, they are able to meet the expectations of clients.

Interoute’s Terrence Wise said that most of its customers came from the small business sector, which suggests that there is a real desire amongst start-ups and fledgling firms to get a foothold in the market by harnessing cloud computing services.

Each day the company has to increase its capacity by the proportion that it began with, after its foundation 12 years ago, which hints at the stellar growth of the cloud industry in the UK and the border-crossing reach of this type of service.

Data security is still a major concern which is preventing some companies from migrating, according to Mr Williams. This does mean that growth, while strong, is still not quite as brisk as it could be, if fears over data protection could be allayed.

The good news is that ongoing work within the EC could eventually result in a continental law which ensures that information is properly protected when digitally stored, with a particular focus on addressing concerns relating to the cloud.

Once such legislation is in place, it will only be necessary for cloud providers to prove that they can offer a more consistent, affordable service than their rivals, in order to help the UK’s economy grow.

About the Author: Daisy Group Plc are an exhibitor at the 4th Cloud Computing World Forum, taking place on the 12-13th June 2012 at Earls Court, London. Daisy’s Cloud Product is better known as cloud select voice and has seen amazing growth during 2012.

Image: Brett Jordan / Flickr

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cloud computing integration issuesCloud services can boost a business’ performance at minimal capital investment on IT infrastructure. However, the price to pay for such perks is rather expensive, I suppose.

As reported by Sooraj Shah of Computing.co.uk, according to a recent research commissioned by Opsview 67 percent of UK IT decision makers worry about how easy their staffs to sign up and install cloud services – almost at will.

Consider this most probable scenario: It seem that due to the affordability and ease of use of cloud services, employees take too much liberty of signing up with a particular cloud service, pay with their credit cards, and charge the unnecessary expenses back to their companies.

Unnecessary expenses? Yes.

Businesses need to pay for expenses on the cloud services that can, allegedly, improve their productivity. Consider this: If your business employs 10 staffs who are proactively signing up with cloud services they think the best for them and their companies, you would end up paying for 10 different cloud services. This is actually the worry of 57 percent respondents of the survey.

The risks of cloud sprawl

To further the above issue – we do know the staffs are just trying their best to work well for their companies. So, they use their newly founded “the ultimate” cloud service and start working on projects and other business tasks with the help of the cloud app.

Alas, not many loyal staffs these days; some of them will quit after a year or two, and decide to take on better jobs elsewhere. The ex-employer is now facing a headache: The projects those staffs are working on are now on different cloud services! And they left without telling their employer how to access the data – if possible. Welcome to cloud sprawl!

So – what to do with the cloud services?

Those issues are headaches to UK’s IT directors – not mentioning other issues raised from such situation: Inability to connect each cloud service (e.g. due to the different cloud apps development platforms) and manage them in such a way that they can work together as a packaged solution. What worse: The have important data get stuck in the ex-employees’ cloud services.

Unfortunately, those are inevitable. Introducing IT policies on signing up cloud services could help, but as we all know, rules are meant to be broken. In my opinion, there is no way a company can control how its staffs should do with cloud services. The same survey confirms: Over 75 percent organizations confess that employees defy IT policy regarding the use of cloud services.

Regarding the survey results, James Peel of Opsview advises for businesses to have a monitoring system allowing them to see the big picture; what cloud services are being used in the business.

One thing for sure, cloud sprawl and counter-productive cloud services sign ups are major issues businesses need to take care about. Establishing a well-defined IT policy and adopting a cloud apps usage monitoring system might help your business.

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