In my case I require two things. One is software that allows me to store and retrieve vital information such as accounts. The other is simply the chance to send emails easily and without cost. With regard to the former, a small fee may be required, but in the case of the latter Google Mail is sufficient. What’s more, using Google gives me many other options which, if need be, I can take advantage of without any cost whatsoever.
That to me is the most important benefit of cloud – it’s very cheap.
However, if your own business requires more than this – security for instance, then using a service that offers private cloud may be more suitable. Even better, maybe a hybrid system of private and public?
For larger firms though, the return on investment ROI matters greatly. So, choosing the right platform or system may take a little more thought and planning. In fact, according to some experts getting this right is extremely important as it could cost more in the long run.
This point was noted by Marc Vael, International Vice President of the IT organisation ISACA – International Systems Audit and Control Association. He told businesscloud9.com: “According to the hype, Cloud Computing makes it easy to offer IT users the same self-service that people love…But… security, cost and complexity don’t disappear…[they still need to be] accounted for.”