Cloud computing is where the big players are headed. When Hewlett-Packard is facing hard competition in manufacturing personal computing devices, enterprise, and industry standard servers, storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers, and other imaging products, it is probably a wise move for the company to seek other business opportunity.
In 2012, HP will introduce services, such as Microsoft’s CRM Dynamics as well as platforms for unified communications, SAP Development Sandbox, storage and HP’s own Compute platform. All of these services promise to have fast connectivity, bigger storage and useful applications for your business needs. The company said that they’re going to integrate several services from Microsoft and SAP into their system to improve their cloud computing services for their customers. It would only mean getting faster access to business applications, more storage and better security for your online business transactions. Then there’s the new Office 365 and Google Apps, both of which use cloud technology as well.
For quite a while, some of these services have been useful for business owners, especially Google Apps. Now, I can upload, create and edit documents online even if I do not have a spreadsheet or document application installed in my computer. I can access it everywhere, whether I’m at my home computer, in my business office, at my smart phone or at an internet cafe. I can send emails even if I don’t have an email application installed in my phone. All that I have to do is have access to the internet. Office 365 offers the same services as Google apps as well. You can have access to their applications online, without having them installed in your computer.
It is a fact that cloud computing is becoming the next big thing, getting services for cloud computing like what HP is offering is too much for me to handle. Those services are more important if you are running a very big company. For them, using cloud services would give greater advantages because it would not only make things easier for them, it would also reduce the cost of hardware and software licenses. Security wouldn’t be a problem as well because these services promise to provide them with the highest security possible in their servers.
Whether your business is small or big, the usefulness of these cloud services also depend on your business needs. Overall, these services offer both advantages and disadvantages. But I believe for small-time players like me, it is better to have the simple cloud services provided by Google Apps or Office 365. It will save you time, money and will make your business transactions easier.