We often hear of major corporations and governments moving to the cloud with phenomenal success. They apparently pave the way by deploying cloud computing at scale, faster and better than anyone before them. They are marketing savvy, having the budget and reach to be seen and heard. In reality, they are often not the first to embrace new technology in the cloud. Rather they are jumping on a bandwagon that many SMEs have long been pioneers of, yet do not have a voice to project it.
Here we to take the opportunity to explore how so many SMEs are being revolutionised by migrating to the cloud and realising the tremendous benefits that can be achieved through cloud computing hosting for maximum ROI.
1. Low cost/High value – Both upfront and residual costs of HPC cloud hosting are extremely low compared to physical, purchased IT infrastructure. SMEs that concentrate on migration costs alone fail to see the tremendous cost saving benefits and revenue opportunities that the cloud can provide. IT resourcing, performance bottlenecks and energy costs are dramatically reduced with a hosted cloud environment.
2. Maximise ROI from an on demand specification – Within the cloud, SMEs can purchase custom designed SaaS and use hosted hardware infrastructure as required, thus not wasting budget or resources on IT requirements they do not need. A hosted cloud service enables organisations to run an extremely lean IT stack, streamline processes and customise applications. This maximises bandwidth and processor power around demand spikes.
3. Remote access to a vast storage space – As a successful SME scales operations, an HPC cloud platform provides the perfect hardware build, network resilience and storage capacity to help a business grow. Using a quality hosting provider, the SME can harness powerful data centres with speed and agility. An effective data warehousing strategy also delivers disaster recovery and backup procedures as fully functional components of the hosted service.
4. Go green – Virtual hosting of HPC cloud environments create zero energy bills or physical IT footprints for you to fund and manage. Reducing energy costs creates greater financial manoeuvrability to use capital elsewhere.
5. Vendor expertise and support – In choosing a hosted cloud platform, an SME with limited resources can better allocate time and money. This allows for the minimising of IT training requirements, the maximising of internal roles and responsibilities, all without the burden of needing to stay abreast of the latest technologies and technical skillsets. Having 3rd party technical experts manage their IT stack, SMEs have ultimate peace of mind that IT is delivering ultimate value for them, without being an internal burden.
6. Real-time responsiveness – Cloud computing offers SMEs the best opportunity to level the playing field with larger competitors. HPC cloud environments don’t have to cost the earth and with speedy, agile hosting any company has the opportunity to be first to market, respond in real-time and build a reputation that matches, if not surpasses, that of others with bigger budgets.
7. Performance, performance, performance – Running any business operation in the cloud takes the cost of traditional software, hardware and IT maintenance outside of the SMEs remit. The utilisation of cutting-edge network communications, state-of-the-art hardware configurations and expert technical management, creates consistently optimised performance and the highest levels of HPC cloud availability.
Cloud computing creates many benefits for the SME through greater business agility, huge cost savings and capacity to innovate with customised technologies built to bespoke requirements.
Pertinent in times of financial hardship and skills shortages, the cloud is the best low-cost option for SMEs who must compete with big budget, tech savvy corporations in very competitive markets. As technology evolves, cloud computing provides the best IT framework for SMEs to level the playing field, streamline working practices and empower staff. Making IT the game-changing asset any SME needs to not just survive but maximise potential.