FAQs on the Cloud, Answered

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Businesses large and small have been talking about adopting the cloud, but what does this really mean? Here are a FAQS on the cloud.  Many people have asked about these and we seek to provide answers.

What are the different types of cloud services?
There are numerous cloud services that can be beneficial to your business. A few examples are the private cloud, which is used by 57% of companies, the public cloud (60%), hybrid cloud services (19%), and mobile cloud services.

Can using the cloud save me money?
Of course! In fact, by using the cloud computing model for IT services, government spending on data center infrastructure will fall almost 30%. The cloud is also a great way to improve the efficiency of your business. Over half of those surveyed say they use the cloud to share data seamlessly with numerous applications. It also improves development and operations integration.

What are some specific statistics on investments in the cloud?
The market for cloud equipment is expected to reach $79.1 billion dollars globally within the next three years, and the International Data Corporation (IDC) believes we will see spending on the public cloud go from $40 billion in 2012 to $100 billion by 2016. Today, almost 40% of IT services are delivered at least partially by cloud. Over half of businesses surveyed say they have or are planning to update their existing cloud services within the next year. Also in the near future, 48% of respondents say they plan to adopt hybrid cloud systems and services. The need for managed security services is leading to a growing cloud-based security market, which will reach an estimated $8.71 billion by 2019.

How are other businesses managing their cloud services>
49% of companies asked say they develop their own IT security talent and are increasing training investments for the cloud. A vast majority (80%) have or plan to create a governance policy for their cloud usage as well.

What should I look for when deciding on cloud services?
When surveyed, companies said that they look at reliability as the most important thing. After that, they look at cost and the ability to integrate with existing programs and infrastructure.

What if I want to invest in the cloud but don’t know anything about it?
The cloud is overwhelming for every business and employee at first. However, this is where cloud consultants and broker services can come in handy. You should make sure you know everything you can in order to maximize your experience with the cloud.

DoubleHorn is a leading Cloud Solutions Provider founded in January 2005 and based in Austin, Texas. Our solutions combine products from the leading Cloud providers and are carefully crafted to meet your requirements. As a trusted advisor, we help you choose the right solution, implement it and help you maintain our decade-old expertise as a Cloud Services Provider. If you are new to the cloud and not sure how to get started, contact us for a complimentary initial assessment at solutions@doublehorn.com or (855) 618-6423.