By Maximilian Clarke

Although cloud computing can provide significant benefits, it should not be viewed as a ‘one size fits all’ solution for small-to-medium sized enterprises, warn Northdoor, an IT consultancy and solutions provider.

In association with the Cloud Industry Forum, Northdoor hosted a breakfast seminar on 6th October with a group of senior executives and business owners from around the London area hoping to dispel some of the hype around cloud computing, and to help business owners make more informed decisions when planning their IT infrastructure.

“There are many compelling benefits of cloud computing, including cost reduction, increased agility, greater scalability, and more,” said Jon Milward, Director of Managed and Support Services, Northdoor. “Cloud computing also allows SMEs to respond quickly to any peaks and troughs in their business with much greater flexibility.”

Although cloud computing may seem a financially attractive model, Jon Milward also stresses that there are a number of costs, such as licensing, transition and connectivity, which aren’t immediately apparent, and which business owners will need to take into consideration. 

“Because of the high levels of scalability and flexibility that cloud computing can offer, its popularity will continue to soar,” continued Milward. “We estimate that over 80% of SMEs will move part if not all of their infrastructure and applications to the cloud by 2015. For companies that are willing to embrace this new way of working, we strongly encourage them to consider whether they have the resources and skills that they’ll need to select the right cloud computing vendor and manage this migration successfully.”

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