In a global marketplace, it is important for companies to realize that if they don't adopt technologies that improve business process quickly, they could be left behind. According to Business Technology, enterprises in the United Kingdom are beginning to catch on to the cloud as they look to keep pace with their U.S. counterparts.
Recent IDC research found that around 25 percent of British companies have deployed an enterprise cloud solution and another 40 percent are planning or exploring options to do so in the near future.
"It is an emerging technology that companies are continuing to explore," IDC vice president Joseph Pucciarelli stated. "Companies are looking at it and using it for a lot of different strategies, and they are doing it because it is so advantageous in terms of what it does for their business."
Many companies are beginning to find the benefits of the cloud, especially through scalability. Early adopters have found it easy to expand business processes and ideas quicker than traditional IT could. Retailers getting ready for the Christmas shopping season are also using the cloud to scale up their services for the consumer rush. Experts believe that cloud adoption in the U.K. will blossom very soon.
How to wade through confusion in cloud solution pricing
However, selecting a cloud service provider can be a tricky situation, especially with how many different offerings and services there are. Datamation contributor James Maguire recently touched upon the confusion of pricing and services in the cloud.
There are many variables that factor into pricing, like if a business is looking for a hosted private or public cloud. Maybe they are choosing between enterprise IaaS, PaaS or SaaS models for their cloud deployment. There are also many different providers that can offer different services as well. That makes honing in on a price that fits within a budget difficult, even as many clouds are pay-as-you-go offerings.
"The dream of cloud computing was the ability to consume IT services on a pay-as-you-go basis," stated 451 Research analyst Owen Rogers, according to the source. "Most cloud providers offer this 'on-demand' pricing, but there are subtle differences between providers on how consumption is measured – there is no standard of 'on-demand.'"
Therefore, businesses must be vigilant when selecting their cloud service provider. They must look over the costs and services provided to make sure that they are getting what they want for the amount they want to spend.