By Simon Njuguna
Cloud computing has become the buzzword in corporate world in the recent past. IBM has been offering this service for a long period in the global market and has been joined by local players who have now begun offering the same service locally.
The concept of cloud computing is slowly gaining acceptance among the corporate community.
This concept of data storage reconfigures investment in technology â removing the headache of expensive upfront capital investment in high-end servers and related hardware; software licenses; as well as the maintenance and support related operational costs.
High capital and operating spend requirements have been the greatest inhibition in the adoption of modern and latest Information Technology (IT) solutions for most small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and even huge corporations.
In cloud computing, IT is transformed to a utility that a company can choose to pay for selectively. Whichever way corporates look at it, cloud computing offers the most efficient, flexible and reliable approach to business computing.
With cloud computing, companies can radically transform their storage data environment without investing in the time and expense of setting up, configuring, and deploying new systems.
This makes it conveniently easier to innovate and increase revenues. This is not easy to achieve with the traditional IT models.
Gartner, the leading global IT research company, describes cloud computing as scalable and elastic. This is an important attribute of the technology as it gives leverage to firms to scale up and down with ease.
Cloud computing also gives multiple consumers the ability to share underlying infrastructure, software or platforms. This ensures such resources are optimally and efficiently utilised.
As the year advances, local firms are most likely to adopt cloud computing even if cautiously and we are likely to see hybrid models.