MSP Today Expert Feature
March 16, 2011

Is Your Business Ready to Reach for the Clouds?

When it comes to the world of virtual computing, there's one consistent forecast right now: cloudy.

In the last two months alone, there have been many major research reports indicating the cloud computing market is set to grow rapidly this year, led by SMBs and the growing trend toward managed services and mobility.

Forecasts from Gartner, InformationWeek Analytics, Parallels, Forrester, 451 Market Monitor and AMI-Partners all point toward heavy investment in cloud infrastructure and applications in the coming months.

According to Cetrom Information Technology, businesses should have clearly defined plans and performance metrics for the ongoing management of their internal IT infrastructures. But equally important is maintaining a diligent watch for continued developments and offerings in the cloud.

Cetrom believes that the aforementioned research points to a time when the cloud will offer a greater value than traditional infrastructure for a majority of businesses.

"I believe that there will be a point where virtually every business will have some commitment to cloud computing," said Christopher Stark, president and CEO of Cetrom. "The differential factor will depend on the ratio of the services that they elect to migrate off premise, and their internal level of technical expertise in managing their cloud services. Our solution offers scalable services that meet the needs of companies that only want specific platforms, such as hosted exchange, to companies that are looking for a completely hosted IT solution."

Cetrom delivers a number of cloud computing solutions for SMBs, associations and non-profits through their hosted technology services platform. The company offers Software as a Service (SaaS) for Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange, Microsoft Office and additional software programs. They also offer scalable managed services options like network monitoring, business continuity, disaster recovery and remote data backup. The company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and offers 24x7x365 help desk support and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee.

"While there are still skeptics that point to security and the lack of industry standards for performance as reasons not to move to the cloud, the opposing tide of satisfied cloud clients are moving steadily against their positions," said Mitch Jones, director of business development at Cetrom. "As the adoption of cloud computing continues to grow, these cynics should become a steadily decreasing minority, that will most likely have to face their own cloud decision far sooner than they expect."

Edited by Janice McDuffee