Cloud computing vs Traditional computing: Until now reserved only for major accounts who want to maintain their infrastructure, private cloud is attracting a growing number of SMEs and ETI. When should you migrate? Under what conditions?
SMEs and ETI can they pay for private clouds? This is the question which sought to answer an expert workshop on Thursday April 2nd Cloud Computing World Expo. The private cloud consists in relying on a set of dedicated servers and network equipment, in-house or hosted by a service provider (called a virtual private cloud). In fact, it is rather the preserve of large companies that are willing to pay the additional cost that this represents private environment compared to the shared public cloud. And for several reasons: security, data location but also governance. They have skills to remain to ensure the production, monitoring cloud instances. Such is not the case of SMEs.
However, many leaders understand very well the importance of having a virtualized work environment and always state of the art. The backup is automated, always updated antivirus program. To this is added new forms of organization especially if the company is multi-sites. An SME may offer telecommuting or work in mobility. “Why a company of ten people based in Lozère, would not have the same infrastructure that a multinational or a start-up,” adds Chuyen Huynh. Still, the public cloud is, a bit like a supermarket. At Amazon, Google or OVH, we take the radius of computing power but which will administer behind?
Products and Services Marketing Manager at Sage, Claude Cordier is more measured. Preaching to his parish, he recalled that the management system is the heart of the activity of SMEs. The rise in the cloud is a strategic decision that is not taken lightly. If the transition to the cloud progresses since 2008, “the evolution is linear with an annual growth of 2 points but not exponential.
The issue of cloud arises especially when park renewal and software licenses or as part of a business. With, the key, a paradigm shift. Customization and pricing is done over water for the cloud and not in big bang fashion as for traditional Site Licenses (on-premise). The choice between public and private cloud is then made according to the size of the company. Like its competitor Cegid, the British publisher has structured its offer in this direction. Sage One that caters to TPE is based on the public cloud with accommodation on the Azure platform from Microsoft. Large SMEs and ETI are seen, they offer Sage ERP X3 only on the private cloud.