Although many small businesses have started business for 10 years, they may not realize that their business already started in the cloud computing, for example, e-mail and website.
When businesses start trading, the first thing to think of information technology, after buying a computer, is possibly creation an email address, the next is to create a web page …. Equipment of a server is generally not included in the list to be considered and in fact, 90% of small businesses do not have a server. So, where do these businesses use email services and hosting website? Often the Internet service provider (ISP) considers it as a part of a service package. These are simple applications; shared resources are distributed through the public cloud and are the basis for business operations of the business.
Like business development, the enterprise really needs to buy a dedicated server to act as mail server and web server as well. The need to expand and flexibility along with increased cost control requires small business owners to seek alternative IT solutions.
- The availability of resources
When small businesses use e-mail services and web hosting ISP, at first, they may not care about whether e-mail services are ready or not. But after the experience, e-mail system is working slowly or not ready due to server overload, businesses worry that if thery use of cloud computing, they will face the “downtime” more because it cannot control.
That does not mention the problem may occur on a local server as an enterprise application vendors update their software. If the software is not compatible with other applications installed on the system, the business can be now stalled. And the cloud computing services work independently, so conflicting issues software update is no longer a problem.
- Is enterprise’s data really secured?
Data security is the top concern for service providers. Some countries have regulations governing the storage and transmission of confidential information, no matter where business customers are.
Some companies are also interested in the position of the integrated data center. It is located within the enterprise or in distant countries with low cost that the management of the government and the infrastructure is not clearly defined.
This is a very reasonable concern. Enterprise feels difficult to know exactly where their data is stored. Therefore, if something happens to one server, other servers may have to increase the workload. To do this, your data is stored and shared across multiple locations, even different countries.
Enterprises should require service providers to give details about the primary data center, their secondary and backup plans if available. This can help businesses know whether their data is stored or not. Then businesses make decisions based on the level of trust the provider of the availability and security perspective.
Small business roadmap to cloud computing is really a round way, so the businesses had better consider this matter when making the IT investment decisions.