With more and more spent on advertising by cloud computing providers, many companies are beginning to wonder just how they too can benefit from having the cloud as a part of their IT stable. Providers like Microsoft, Amazon, and VMware are now taking the time to ensure that their services are prominently displayed on television and at sporting events in the hopes of grabbing a larger share of the market space.
For companies that have made the switch to cloud computing options, for example Online Tech, the benefits have been immediate. According to the company’s president, Online Tech saw a 90% reduction in the amount of physical space they needed to accommodate their data and saw an increase in their server reliability combined with zero downtime overall on their servers. Going from 24 physical servers down to just 2 has saved the company a great deal of money, in addition to giving greater bandwidth monitoring options along with the ability to alter infrastructure without causing a server crash.
While not all companies will experience the same immediate benefits, it is common for a business to see not only a reduction in costs as physical space and power requirements decrease, but also an improved ability to conduct business overall and from a variety of locations. A switch to a virtual network can also give a company credibility among those of its customers who are Eco conscious, as the use of virtual servers cuts down on both power waste and the need to throw out and replace servers as they become obsolete. While there are a number of issues still being dealt with in the cloud, security and storage come to mind, many business see positive results from a switch.