Cloud: it’s the evolution in ICT that CIOs know they can’t afford to ignore yet aren’t quite sure how to go about implementing. If you’re struggling with which business applications and services to start virtualising and automating, you’re not alone.
Right now, thousands of South African businesses are facing the same challenge – to upgrade technical infrastructure on the basis of long-term capital investment or to embrace emerging hosted solutions and view IT as an ongoing operating cost.
Despite the popularity of cloud computing, many of the services associated with this often misunderstood and somewhat ambiguous product sector are still in their infancy. To some degree, the frantic rush to take information into the cloud has encouraged the emergence of many immature offerings that are not yet well enough equipped to handle corporate demands. With this in mind, what should a business consider before walking away from on premise systems to warehouse sensitive information within a remote data centre?