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The IT industry has undergone rapid changes, where technological innovations such as cloud computing continue to generate great opportunities for businesses and their customers. The benefits of tapping into the cloud are apparent; the cloud is erupting with capabilities when business needs require more available resources with their on-premises applications.
Enter the IT startups – the newly established tech companies that are already moving to the cloud. Given with the right apps and budget, startups can migrate to a data center cloud-based infrastructure and deploy their application in minutes without any code change.
According to the latest survey by Spiceworks, a network of IT professionals, the majority of IT businesses currently use at least one cloud service. The survey, which is entitled Diving into IT Cloud Services, illustrated that 93 percent of business organizations are currently leveraging one cloud service. And 30 percent of these organizations are working to shift to cloud-based technology in two to three years.
The Spiceworks survey showed that web hosting, email hosting and cloud storage are the top three usages of cloud-based services. Additionally, IT organizations consider cloud services because they allow for quicker decision-making processes, more reliability and data security.
So, why are IT startups adopting cloud-based data center technology?
Cloud computing has proved valuable to businesses a decade ago, but cloud-based office solutions have opened doors for small businesses, including tech startups. Small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of cloud-based data center technologies without having to acquire expensive infrastructure such as server engineers and email hosting. Even existing cloud-based office solutions are regarded as more cost-effective than traditional software because of the pay-per-use option (paying only for the resources you will use).
Cloud hosting provides office on-demand services from a single provider who can offer quick setups and 24/7 technical support. There will be no need for technical expertise; the provider can install, manage, and secure your business process quickly and efficiently. Spiceworks cited customer support (32%) as also one of the main factors why IT professionals consider going into the cloud.
Conversely, the growing adoption of cloud-based environments clearly paved the way how data centers are being constructed nowadays. IT startups have learned this to be advantageous as data centers offer scalable, multilingual cloud-based services (automatic, unlimited) that meet their business capacity requirements.
Moving IT services into the cloud provides more security control and protection. In fact, according to Spiceworks’ survey, “Almost 70% of IT pros surveyed list protection against local disasters and the lack of special hardware and software to maintain as the biggest benefits to cloud-based services. High availability (62%), scalability (54%) and ease of management (51%) were ranked as the next big three benefits.”
This means that cloud services eradicate the need for frantic disaster recovery measures because being in the cloud provide that opportunity to secure their data, files and subsystems in the event of a disaster.
Plus, IT startups can expect the same level of security from a cloud-based service as they have from a traditional hosting provider. In terms of safeguarding data, cloud services via data centers do offer protection features like authentication methods, intrusion detection and prevention, content filtering, encryption and data leakage controls.
That said, while cloud computing is currently benefiting large enterprises, IT startups are learning that their next logical step would be to also incorporate everything within the cloud. The cloud industry will continue to grow over the next couple of years and as Spiceworks puts it, IT professionals are going to be in the thick of it all.