20/04/2011

Is cloud computing right for me?

There are some reasons why you might not use cloud computing:

- Your internet connection is very slow or unreliable. This can be a challenge for companies in rural areas.

- You want absolute physical control over your data. Although cloud services are secure and vendors strictly control access to your data, some organisations may want or need the extra reassurance of having their data under their physical control.

- If you run a specialist line of business applications; for example, a hotel booking system or an estate agency database, you may not be able to integrate it easily with some cloud-based systems. It is worth consulting with your partner to ensure that it does.

- You need customised or bespoke applications. Cloud computing tends to work on the ‘one-size-fits-all’ model. If you need highly customised software, it may not work well for you. This is where a knowledgeable IT partner can be really helpful.

Can I test cloud computing?

It’s a good idea to sign up for a trial period and run a new cloud service in parallel with your existing systems for a while to iron out any kinks and explore new features and benefits. You could also try a pilot wider deployment. Both routes are good practice and will ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Find out more about Microsoft Cloud Solutions

Watch the video below featuring Tanya Shirlow, SMB Marketing Lead at Microsoft UK, as she discusses the advantages of cloud services.

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