In a global marketplace that is hypercompetitve, many small companies are looking for any innovation that can help them stay right up there with large businesses. One technology that can help is the enterprise cloud. With it, small businesses can have a cost effective way to store and access data whenever they want. Cloud Tweaks contributor Tommy Wyher went through a few ways the cloud can help improve business processes:

  • Improved security: Not only can companies store data in the cloud, the protection measures and access controls of the deployments from a cloud service provider ensure that the information is secure.
  • Easier access and file sharing: Multiple employees are able to look at and work with the same document at the same time on the cloud, while also making it easier to shift workloads and data sets across a company.
  • Enables mobility: Having a cloud deployment will allow mobile employees to access files and data from anywhere they have an Internet connection.
  • Cut IT costs: A cloud service provider hands most of the technology issues around the cloud deployment, allowing small businesses with limited resources to move funds toward other, more pertinent investments.

"With cloud computing, some of the most frustrating data storage issues no longer exist for small businesses," wrote Wyher. "Be it sharing on-the-go, having a secure backup of all files, or being able to limit who can get access to what and from where, cloud computing is a fantastic way to de-clutter servers and increase employee efficiency."

Intercloud could enhance cloud computing
A new development in the world of the cloud provides an interesting possibility for those who leverage multiple clouds. This new technology is the Intercloud, according to InformationWeek contributor Joe Weinman. The Intercloud will allow for different cloud networks to interoperate, allowing for improved efficiency and even more cost benefits

The IEEE is currently developing an Intercloud standard, as experts work on establishing the correct infrastructure to make the idea work. The idea is to create a much more simple, yet productive IT landscape.

"One key benefit might well be simplicity," wrote Weinman. "Similar to the way IP provided a lingua franca that eased distributed application development, the Intercloud can provide a layer of abstraction and standardization that might further reduce complexity, accelerate development, and increase manageability. In other words, IT shops will increase their productivity and agility."

For example, using an Intercloud infrastructure could allow for IT teams to create much more elaborate workflows using multiple cloud service providers that can get ideas to the market more quickly.