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Open Group publishes guide to cloud for SMEs

Derek du Preez | June 15, 2012
The Open Group, a global consortium that aims to help businesses achieve objectives through IT standards, has published an extensive guide to cloud computing for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a bid to provide clarity on what services should be deployed in an over-crowded cloud marketplace.

Despite the benefits of the cloud for the SME market, The Open Group does also highlight that organisations need to consider the security implications when adopting cloud as a delivery model.

It asks SMEs to consider: What if IT Organisations decide to decommission the cloud services? How will data be transferred from the cloud service provider back in-house or to another service provider? How has access to sensitive data? SMEs are responsible for security and data integrity, but are the cloud providers willing to undergo external audits and certifications? Is data being segregated properly?

"This guide reminds us that, with cloud, smaller budgets are no longer a hindrance to a SME's ability to compete in the market. This is because, with cloud, instead of SMBs operating workloads such as desktops, storage and communications through physical in-house servers, they are hosted on centralised virtual servers in a data centre which means the cost of investments is more affordable; the deployment and set-up times are rapid and less complicated than traditional configurations; and solutions are more scalable, secure and agile," the consortium concluded.


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