12 July 2011 15:03:58
Many established businesses are finding they can reduce operational costs by moving IT solutions to the cloud. But, according to a recent report from the Art of Service, new companies can also get an early leg up using the technology.
One of the greatest challenges for entrepreneurs is allocating the funds needed to start a new company. While cloud computing can't addresses every aspect of this issue, it can allay some of the difficulties in procuring technology.
Between online storage, hosted email and myriad other services, the cloud can cover many facets of a startup's technology needs at the onset. Additionally, through such solutions as Security-as-a-Service, the company can ensure its sensitive data is adequately protected from the beginning.
"Cloud computing lowers the dependency on startup capital and gives the business owner more freedom to focus on generating revenue," said Ivanka Menken, CEO of the Art of Service, an IT education services provider.
Many small- and medium-sized businesses have already gotten on board the cloud. According to a recent Spiceworks report, SMB cloud adoption doubled in the second half of 2010, increasing from 14 percent to 28 percent.
-McAfee Cloud Security