Categories: Cloud Posted by Derek Ian Vicente on 5/9/2012 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

When we say cloud, various terminologies come into play. Cloud may pertain to Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife. It could also basically point out to the fluffy pillows shielding us against this ridiculous summer heat. But if you’re a business executive or IT decision-maker, the word cloud is the accurate delivering of services over the Internet.

Cloud computing provides businesses control over services and software that are important for steering operations in the right direction. More importantly, employees that use common applications at work can easily access them while on-the-road. The global availability of the Internet in public areas continues to support the burgeoning explosion of cloud computing as an integral component of benchmarking IT structure and stabilizing productivity.

My question is this: Is cloud computing for everybody to consume? The cloud computing department of Microsoft Philippines has recently unveiled a sleek new infographic that provides questions and answers (most are listed in numbers) of how companies are manipulating the power of the cloud in various means.

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Now, this infographic looks very appealing, but it provides scant expositions relevant to the usage of cloud among companies nestled in the Philippines. These are some of the most relevant questions that I find relevant to my earlier query.

Which Cloud Based Productivity Application Do You Primarily For Personal Computing?

The survery-esque infographic shows that 64% of the participating respondent relies on Microsoft Office Web Apps in the productivity department. Office Web Apps is the complete storage of Microsoft’s prominent suite of office applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and One Note.

Sharing and deploying files becomes easier and manageable. For more serious enterprises, Office Web Apps looks to be the perfect public cloud companion for employees to store and secure documents. However, smaller businesses that are not really into intense file sharing have the option to allocate other resources into cloud applications that provide the same efficiency both in free and paid subscriptions.

There’s Dropbox for you and recently, Microsoft SkyDrive announced that it will be providing a whopping 25 GB storage upgrade for users who had registered for SkyDrive before April 22. Storing and sharing files are two of the chief functions why businesses invest in public cloud services, and this area of productivity is getting a lot of support mainly because the consumption of data has transcended corporate expectations for the last few years.

Actually, 67% of the respondents say that they use cloud computing primarily for storage.

Is Implementing Cloud A Priority For Your Company?

Shockingly, only 18% of the participating respondents answered cloud was their top IT priority, while 44% retorted back as cloud computing as one of their priorities. In a more global perspective, MarketWatch has reported that cloud computing accounts for 3% of global IT spending. This growth may be attributed of how cloud could actually eliminate additional hardware costs.

Theoretically, the 44% of the respondents aren’t actually giving in to the cloud’s mainstream penetration of IT. Subscription costs among service providers are still high. Services, software, and platforms hosted in the public cloud can be easily paralyzed during the event of a local or national Internet outage. These disadvantages present themselves as contributing factors why enterprises in the Philippines are not exactly confident in incorporating cloud into their daily business operations.

Do You Think Cloud Is A Costly Investment?

A large quantity of respondents (71% of them) replied that private cloud computing is the costly of them all. Data security, automation, and virtualization come at a very high price. The technology behind strict data management policing requires companies to shell out substantially large amounts of money. Authorization counts in any business. Private cloud computing is just like the Roman Catholic Church – it houses some of the most controversial religious artifacts and scriptures not open for public discernment and photography.

Nobody likes snooping in on sensitive data, and that’s why private cloud computing is expensive nowadays.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.

About Derek Ian Vicente

Derek Ian Vicente is a Search Executive with extreme passions for blogging, link building, and social media marketing. He also enjoys bleeding his eyes to death by playing video games during the weekends and play some more after he arrives back at work. Follow this geek on Twitter or flood his Facebook wall with lovely comments.


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