Cloud computing has brought about significant changes in corporate setups. It has helped transforming businesses by allowing them take advantages of an agile, competitive and cost effective business environment.
Cloud computing has proved to a boon particularly to small businesses. Today it has grown to be matured enough so that most of the business requirements of a small business can be met by cloud solutions. This article has discussed the top cloud services offered to SMEs by cloud computing providers for small business.
Data storage: Modern businesses amass large volume of data through various web-based channels that demand for a large storage space. Small businesses operate on restricted fund which prevents them from setting up data centers to store the large volume of data. Cloud solutions for small business allow firms to set up data storage space in a virtualized environment that can be easily expanded to encompass growing need for storage capacity.
Software as a service: A suite of enterprise applications are now offered to small businesses over the Internet. These are ready-to-use application solutions that require no additional software or hardware support; thus, allow small businesses to bypass complex installation and integration process. Saas development companies usually take responsibilities of maintaining and updating their services so that you can always be assured of receiving the latest version of the product.
Hardware/infrastructure as a service: Cloud application developers now can obtain hardware and infrastructural services over cloud environment. The infrastructural facilities are rendered to companies to develop and test cloud based applications and to host them in a virtualized space for easy adoption by users.
Data backup: Cloud computing has resolved issues related to data backup. Small businesses don’t have to worry anymore about hosting their own datacenter to store data. They can now store data in a scalable, virtualized environment. It has also eliminated requirements of manual data backup system. With most web-based applications the data is stored online automatically.
Security as a service: Small business now can take advantage of online security tools to implement advanced security levels to their critical information. Security as a service is offered to a business that wants to augment its data security levels without incurring the costs of doing so.
Disaster recovery: Cloud computing disaster recovery services have allowed small businesses to place efficient and resilient data recovery policies in midst of disaster. The service provider stores client data at several datacenters to offer quick and comprehensive data recovery solutions when needed.
About the Guest Author: Charles Smith is associated with the IT industry for over a decade now. He is a senior consultant with cloud computing service providers in California. Charles has vast experience in implementing cloud computing projects and offering consultation to companies in mapping their ways in cloud environment. He has worked long in designing cloud based software development.