SMB Migration to the Public Cloud




The cloud is growing in size, and there’s no stopping it. Amazon AWS recently announced that every day they as much computing power to their cloud as it took to run their entire website in 2003. The reality is small and medium-sized businesses are tapping into the power of cloud computing because the benefits far outweigh the fears that had traditionally held them back. The ability to scale quickly and leverage the tremendous computing power of the public cloud are driving the SMB market to adapt at a rapid pace.

The Cloud is the Future of Doing Business Online

To illustrate this point, research from Forbes revealed that 78% of all small businesses in the US will adopt cloud computing in full by 2020. This represents a doubling of the number as today just 37% of small businesses in the US have adopted cloud computing. It’s also expected that in 2015, the SMB cloud market will be $43 billion. This will rise to $55 billion in 2016. This is incredible growth will continue as companies dedicate more and more resources to the public cloud.

What has Changed about the Cloud?

When the cloud first came into being many years ago, there were a lot of fears regarding it, including:

  • Security
  • Affordability
  • Flexibility/Scalability

Security has always been the big obstacle regarding full adoption of cloud computing. The private cloud still represents an issue because the responsibility for security relies entirely on the company. For small and medium-sized businesses, they often don’t have the money or the expertise to take this on by itself.

A significant reason why the cloud has taken off is the success of the public cloud as it relates to security. First of all, any company who is part of the public cloud gets all of the security benefits that have been added over time. This is economies at scale at its finest. For a company to add all of the same security to their private cloud would be virtually impossible.

In addition, the public cloud allows responsibility to be partitioned according to the needs of the client. In one case, the cloud provider simply provides the underlying infrastructure and no more. In another case, the cloud provider controls practically all security settings, with the customer having limited control. There’s a version of the cloud for everyone, and this has encouraged more people to see the benefits of the cloud.

More Accessible than Ever

As more companies join the cloud, costs decrease as they get shared over more customers. The resulting competition drives prices down as companies only have to pay for the resources that they use. Flexibility and scale are also key issues. Organizations have an incredible selection regarding server configurations and software that are now available in the cloud. Storage costs also have been steadily decreasing as well which means that a cloud based disaster recovery model is on the radar for most organizations.

What’s the Future?

Private cloud servers were originally intended to counter the deficiencies of the public SMB cloud. Those have been rectified and now private cloud servers are more expensive, require more in-house expertise, and come with a number of security risks because they are not being updated nearly as often as the public cloud.

The reality is that more businesses will choose to take up cloud computing as a viable part of their data storage and computing strategy. They majority of them will move to the public cloud because of the low cost, security benefits and scalability that they cannot get in private cloud infrastructure.