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How are you using the cloud?

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Depending on the size of your company cloud use can vary. John Mason of IBM’s Thoughts on Clouds focuses in on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and breaks down their top five uses of cloud computing this year.

  • Hybrid. SMBs are using this cloud technology to bring portability to both back and front office applications
  • Infrastructure. Small and mid-sized businesses can gain flexibility to scale up and down with demand without the additional hardware costs typically incurred
  • Test & Development. Mr. Mason writes, “Open, cloud-based environments are empowering SMBs to quickly innovate, test and launch new applications and solutions, cutting deployment times from months to hours or even minutes in many cases. Even the smallest developer teams are creating business applications with ease and speed, helping them to better serve their market and compete on a global scale.”
  • Big Data and Analytics. The cloud has opened  up the power of big data for SMBs. SMBs can tap into analytics services and data that allows them to better serve their customers
  • Mobility. Another technology that cloud has helped make more affordable for SMBs. Using cloud employees can access data and apps on-the-go making them more productive

Small Business Computing also notes cloud disaster recovery as an important cloud use, “moving your business data to the cloud can make disaster recovery (DR)—i.e., retrieving data in the event of a hardware compromise—easier and less expensive. You can even set up your system to back up data automatically to ensure you’ll be able to recover the most up-to-date information in case of emergency.”

Not using the cloud yet? What use ideas from this post would be a good starting place for your company?