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The market for cloud computing in India is expecting to grow nearly ten times to US$ 1,084 million by 2015 from the current US$ 110 million.
The biggest consideration causing the shift towards cloud computing is naturally the cost factor. Cloud computing will dramatically cut down your hardware and software expenditure and you will also require less IT support staff. Plus, you only pay for what you use, so this cuts down unwanted expenditure. Also, as your need increase, you can buy more space as require or you can even temporarily scale down usage when you experience a slump in business. Maintenance or even regular updates is no longer your headache as they will be taken care of by the service provider. It even saves you the cost of setting up infrastructure to host servers at your end.
Cloud computing is valuable from the point of view of employees as it provides them with the freedom to access all their files virtually anywhere. It is especially beneficial for those employees who have to be in the field, as they can easily access the documents they require and even make changes if required. Apart from this, it also gives employees the flexibility to work from home, especially on days when they can’t make it to the office due to a strike or other calamity.
Another advantage is higher security and reduced threat of data loss. All machines are prone to breakdowns and a hard disk crash can also result in permanent data loss. Imagine your are working on an important presentation, your hard disk crashes and your IT technician tell you it will take a few days to restore your system. You could have saved yourself a whole lot of trouble if your data was on the cloud, and then all you would have had to do is simply access it using another system.
There are many service providers in the market, ranging from international companies including Amazon, Microsoft, HCL, and Sales force, to local service providers Zenith Infotech, Orange Space, TCS, Wipro and Infosys, who offered cloud computing services.
- Cloud Computing will dramatically cut down your Hardware and Software Expenditure
While moving your data into the cloud is very straightforward, you have to consider a few points before finalizing the cloud provider.
- First up, it is important for you to determine your requirements and select a plan best suited to you.
- Secondly, look at the cloud provider’s security and privacy terms. See what kind of technical assistance will be provided as well as their downtime assistance.
- Also, look for tutorials to familiarize yourself and your staff with the cloud environment for ease of usage.
- Most crucially, read about the policy regarding retrieval of data in case you want to switch your service provider in the future.