According to Maina George, IT graduate at Mount Kenya University, Cloud computing is a model entrepreneurs should adopt so as to abound business opportunities in Kenya. The model enables real time delivery of hosted services over the internet. A business can reap huge benefits from cloud computing. However there are some drawbacks that come in handy. It is in no doubt that businesses exist to earn money while keeping capital and operational expenses to a minimum. Cloud computing thus, helps you have substantial capital costs with zero in-house server storage and application requirements because it enables the company to consume computes resources as a utility just like electricity, rather than having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in-house.
Some of the merits of the model include:
Reliability– Compared to in-house infrastructure. Your Company can benefit from quick failover mechanism whenever a server fails as well as transition of hosted applications to any available servers.
Elasticity– a Company can scale up as computing needs increase and then scale down again as demands increase.
Manageability– You enjoy a simple web-based user interface for accessing software, applications and services without the need for installation.
Self-service provisioning– end users can spin up computing resources for almost any type of workload depending on the demand.
Pay per use– computing resources are measured at a granular level allowing users to pay only for the resources and workloads they use.
The model offers versatility and convenience while preserving control and security. We all know that convenience is a key element in attracting customers. If your company for instance offers easy access to services, it is considered an added value. A company seeks to provide maximum customer satisfaction and cloud computing if incorporated will play a great deal.
BY MAUREEN NYAMBURA
Bsc Communication and Public Relations