The enterprise cloud is well on its way to attaining both global and industrial ubiquity. There will soon come a time when every conceivable business operation is carried out via a cloud computing platform. The reasons for this are simple: The cloud is faster, more robust, and proven to work. Across countries and industrial sectors there are innumerable stories of successful cloud implementations, and the surge in business performance that followed. Recently, there have been some important cloud developments in countries and industries that are perhaps not the first to come to mind when considering the growth of the enterprise cloud platform. What these disparate examples illustrate is the true universality of the private cloud, and its potential to enhance business everywhere.
Sri Lanka makes inroads in cloud computing
Sri Lanka is rapidly becoming a hotbed of enterprise cloud growth, according to Lanka Business Online. The burgeoning nature of cloud migrations in the country is largely due to a growing appreciation of what the cloud can provide for all kinds of different businesses. Sri Lanka-based industry expert Michael Sathasivam said companies are starting to understand that the old method of handling business computing – including shelling money out for different servers and data centers – is both cumbersome and needlessly costly when compared to cloud computing. Peter D'Almeida, an associate of Sathasivam's, pointed out that the business population is beginning to realize where their computing money will be best spent.
"Today, with the cloud you can buy what you want when you want it," he said, referring to the scalability that is one of the central virtues of enterprise cloud computing. "We are seeing [the cloud] grow very fast in Sri Lanka. If there were more applications we will see it grow more."
D'Almeida is spearheading an effort to promote the utility of cloud computing to a sector that tends to flock more slowly to the cloud: small- and medium-sized businesses. As D'Almeida points out, the idea that any SMB would fund its own data center is a financially irresponsible one, especially considering that the cloud is not only far cheaper, but also provides more benefits. One common misperception among SMB owners is that a cloud migration somehow means a loss of enterprise security. That is not at all the case. With its stringent and highly individualized security infrastructure, the enterprise cloud is the safest place for business to happen.
Dunedin, New Zealand, also witnesses big cloud growth
It's a city that has been likened to Silicon Valley, and for good reason: Big things are happening in Dunedin, New Zealand, 3News reported. According to the article, there is a growing number of businesses within the city that are realizing the enormous potential for growth in the enterprise cloud. One such business is Thankyou Payroll, and owner Lani Evans said the company – which focuses on offering payroll services – conducts all its business in the cloud.
"For companies like ours that are cloud-based, we can do our work from wherever we want and deal with clients all over the country," Evans said.
This flexibility coupled with low-cost opportunities for expanding a business' sphere of operations is what draws so many different organizations to a private cloud service provider. Ryan Baker is another Dunedin-based forward thinker, who has worked to develop a cloud-based appointment tracking system geared toward serving small businesses. Baker said his business' functions in the cloud have enabled him to do things that wouldn't be possible otherwise, including have customers in 35 countries.
"I see [the cloud] as a huge opportunity – not just for Dunedin, but for New Zealand as a country," he said.
Enterprise cloud can serve any kind of business
Baker is correct: The cloud is a huge opportunity. That is because it is not tailored toward meeting the needs of only a few industrial sectors, but instead provides solutions that can help enhance any business operation. For e-commerce travel solutions provider Datalex, for instance, the enterprise cloud provides an opportunity to expedite its operations and monitor the billions of retail transactions it must keep track of on a daily basis, Business Cloud News reported. With its move to a private cloud platform, the company has been able to build up its operations while keeping costs low.
"As demand for our travel retail solutions continues to expand globally, it is critical that our Internet infrastructure can cost-efficiently scale and deliver a flawless experience for our airline clients and their travel customers," Robert Kenny, the company's director of support and hosting, said.
Just as the cloud works for travel companies, it also functions for gaming, as tech company HyperX has shown. The company just launched a special videogame headset that is notable for its connection to the cloud, much like a smartphone or tablet.
The diversity of countries and industries harnessing the enterprise cloud points to its growth as a central element of businesses everywhere.