The last thing anybody needs is another story highlighting the benefits and challenges of implementing a cloud-based solution for their enterprise.
Most CIOs of enterprises now understand that the cloud is where IT is going. Maybe not the public cloud — yet, anyway — but private clouds and managed services are gathering more and more momentum every day.
Various estimates from the likes of Gartner and IDC estimate the cloud market to expand to a value of $72.9 billion this year, with the market for public cloud computing services in the Middle East and North Africa reaching $378.5 million.
What does warrant more discussion is who an organisation should turn to when selecting a reliable cloud service.
Yes, there are the large multinational organisations throwing their services into the fray — the EMCs, the Oracles and the SAPs, for example.
Then there are also the small start-ups that have made a name for themselves by becoming globally successful cloud services. (more…)