Cloud Horizons

September 16th 2013

Small forms are more enthusiastic than large organisations about using cloud applications, writes John Kinsella, in Business Plus. 

Internet Cost is Barrier to Cloud

IT Force is an ICT services provider helping SMEs and mid-market clients with all their ICT needs.  ‘We do this by becoming your complete IT department, or by supplementing the one you already have,’ explains Joe Molloy, director of managed services. 

Molloy says that though IT Force’s business is going well, the process of moving clients to a cloud based infrastructure is slow. ‘They need to be informed and made confortable that the model will work for them,’ says Molloy.

‘Cloud traction compared to this time last year has slowed down. I feel internet access and the cost to migrate clients to better connectivity have impacted the shift.  To obtain the complete business benefit of cloud computing, clients need to purchase more robust connectivity.  Getting clients to the ROI stage is the slow element; not all clients buy into this.’

IT Force’s main target market for cloud services are SMEs, who have no in-house ICT expertise, or who do not want the hassle of managing an ICT environment on a day-to-day basis.

‘Our first step is understanding our client’s business activities, needs, and potential future requirements. We then evaluate the options open to them, and offer a cloud-platform that we believe meets their needs,’ says Molloy.

This cloud based infrastructure will allow collaboration and access to key business applications in a secure always-on environment. It will also reduce costs. ‘Availability to applications is typically 99.8% guaranteed and there is no management of local server hardware and no electricity power costs,’ says Molloy. ‘Disaster is automatic with the cloud model and upgrades, patches etc are included in the cost model too.’

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