Costs are what are, in large part, driving the IT industry right now, as companies recover from a series of bad years that saw the cutting of budgets and the laying off of staff. Though the economic situation seems to have turned a corner, companies are being far stricter with IT budgets and are looking for ways to save money – and save it quickly. Enter the cloud, and enter an option that presents a number of benefits, along with the promise of hefty cost savings.
Cloud providers and VPS hosters are springing up everywhere now, and offer companies the ability to compute without so many computers. Instead of the need for a physical server and expensive power charges, a cloud company hosts all of a business’s data on their servers, allowing the company access to it from any computer in the world, provided they have the right permissions. In addition, new iterations of the cloud mean that solutions can be quickly brought to businesses and implemented in a matter of days or weeks instead of months or over the course of a budget year.
Of course, the real question comes down to costs. Many cloud providers offer savings of up to 40% with their offerings, in addition to savings that a company will see in energy costs during the year. For larger companies with multiple physical servers, a first-time virtualization move can result in savings of up to 70%. This is good news for many companies that are looking for a way out of the current IT trap and seeking to mobilize their business as more and more global connections are made. It’s not perfect yet, but the cloud does offer substantial up-front savings and features.