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More and more, both big and small businesses are investigating the value proposition of shifting into the cloud. This article aims to give you food for thought as you assess whether Cloud is the right fit for your organisation.

If you’re an IT company that hasn’t invested resources into assessing the impact of Cloud Computing on our business, you’re already behind the eight ball. The giant integrators (Microsoft, IBM, Unisys, the list is too long) already have extensive cloud services available to meet the needs of all sizes of business. The Cloud phenomenon has also opened the door for many new and entrepreneurial start ups to flourish with rapid growth in the cloud service provision arena. If you’re a Linux shop, you’re in a good position to consider Cloud Services as an add-on service to your existing offering. Linux is shaping up to be the OS of choice of many big cloud implementations across the globe, so your Linux resources are highly prized for an expansion into cloud service provision space.

If you’re not quite ready to join the service provider or integrator band wagon, there are many benefits associated with the virtualisation of your own IT infrastructure. Many benefits can be gained from utilising cloud principles to enhance your own data centre. When assessing Cloud computing and what it has to offer, here are some of the features that make Cloud computing attractive:

  • Flexible growth: virtualisation will improve your infrastructure’s ability for easy expansion. In a virtualised data centre, you can deploy new services without the need to purchase and commission a new server to do it, which can take weeks and have significant cost implications. Assigning a virtual machine to deploy a new service costs nothing and can be up and running in minutes.
  • Nimble Infrastructure Management: Your virtualised environment allows the management of all you virtual machines across all your hosts from a single console. What’s more, if you need to make changes to services or hardware, you can segregate the component needing replacing and manage the change without any impact to other parts of the infrastructure services provided.
  • Agile Capacity Management: a virtualised environment enables close monitoring of load trends and rather than throwing more servers at capacity problems when loads become high during peaks, as long as you have enough RAM, you’re able to run optimally at all times.
  • Ease of Access: your users can access your services via any device with an internet browser and high speed internet connection, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smart phones and PDAs etc. Access is available wherever your staff may be (at work, at home, in a cafe, at the park).
  • Reduction in carbon footprint: A virtualised data centre will operate at a significantly reduced power demand, not only due to reduced hardware required to run the centre, but to reduced cooling costs.

Whatever your business size, considering and planning to migrate to cloud computing may be an economically sound business decision and one that will position your business for the digital age, especially if you’re Linux centric. Given the Linux impact on cloud computing, it’s a no brainer! Reach for the clouds!

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