Why Should Small Businesses Look at Cloud Computing Solutions?
The business world has seen several new advances in technology and has undergone many trends over the years. Whether it’s BYOD, social media explosion, or the Blackberry craze, there always seems to be something new in the world of business. Some of these trends last over time, and most are eventually phased out or replaced by something new. One innovation that seems to have taken over and is here to stay is Cloud Computing.
There are a few different reasons why it’s fairly safe to assume that cloud computing will continue to be an integral part of the business world. For one, the advantages (which we’ll take a look at) are too good to be ignored. Unless there is some radical new technology that is released in the next decade, cloud computing won’t be knocked off any time soon. Also, cloud computing is still a relatively new technology. Cloud technology first became being offered as a service for businesses and consumers in 1999 by companies like Salesforce and Google. But it really hasn’t been until the past 5-10 years that companies and individuals really started to grasp what cloud computing is all about. What this means is there is still plenty of room for growth and development in the cloud computing industry.
Small businesses and even aspiring entrepreneurs need to seriously consider cloud computing and start taking advantage of all it has to offer.
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Slowly it grows. Google is regularly adding features and today announced a new update to the roadmap:
- Support for running scheduled tasks
- Task queues for performing background processing
- Ability to receive and process incoming email
- Support for sending and receiving XMPP (Jabber) messages
I’m still waiting for PHP support, or at least Ruby. Python is not one of my preferred languages.
I ran across this cloud computing dashboard a few days ago. It’s a service from Hyperic, a company that sells monitoring and performance software.
The dashboard lets you view the general health of various AWS and GAE features.
You can drill in on the various services by clicking the available links. For example, you can get more details on EC2.
EC2 status is determined by how long it takes to start a small instance.
S3 also has additional information. A graph mode:
And a table mode:
There’s plenty of additional information for the other features of AWS and for the GAE features.
While the information does not tell you everything about YOUR usage, it is a nice tool for general use. You can sign up for a service from Hyperic that will let you monitor your instances. I plan to give the software a try and post my findings here.
You can also signup for twitter updates.