Believe it or not, there is a real phobia known as ‘nephophobia.’ I was shocked to discover that it is defined as a fear of clouds. Like any other fear, the more time you spend confronting it and educating yourself about it, the less scary it becomes. Such is the case with a different type of cloud, the business cloud.
There has been a dramatic surge of organizations taking their business applications to the cloud as fear and doubt of what the cloud can do is demystified. It is important to remember that all clouds are not created equal. Just as the nephophobes may fear clouds of various shapes and sizes, cloud applications for your business can be implemented in a number of different ways. Of course, there are also cloud vendors whose security and availability differ from others, as well as performance and features that should be considered. In a nutshell, cloud applications have numerous applications and functions that define the end-user experience; the challenge is discovering what will be most beneficial for your business.
We have identified seven important characteristics that we believe are true cloud requirements. To effectively evaluate what cloud computing can do for your office and how agile it will be for your day-to-day processes, consider the following: