Cloud being adopted more readily by SMBs: Verizon

Cloud provider sees the platform being adopted more readily by SMBs

Cloud is going through an evolution from customers having a look to getting serious about it.

According to Verizon Asia Pacific group vice president, Andrew Dobbins, people are now starting to move into the execution phase on Cloud.

“We’re seeing many people build private Clouds, though it is often debatable whether they are really Clouds or virtualised datacentres,” he said.

Dobbins said IT organisation are looking at the Cloud as a means to either reduce costs or provide a level of flexibility in their business.

The exception seems to be large enterprises, with Dobbins stating that large enterprises have not gone “wholeheartedly into the Cloud.”

“They have been more interested in virtualising a datacentre and having Cloud as a capacity management approach,” he said.

Verizon is also seeing SMBs in Asia Pacific starting to have a lot of their infrastructure and applications sitting on the Cloud.

Dobbins attributes this to the businesses not having the “same legacy infrastructure they have invested in over many years,” which helps them to become more Cloud ready.

Mean machine

Another area that Dobbis said is going to be a “larger and more interesting play” this year is the business units of companies taking their services to their customers.

For example, organisations may be able to make sure of mobility used to collect data, do transactions, and other functions.

Having acquired Hughes Telematics last year, Verizon has been heavily involved in the telematics space, which typically involves a SIM card sitting in cars, computers, and other equipment.

With the aid of this technology, data, such as location or performance, can be transmitted and collected.

“We also see that moving into the healthcare industry with M2M [machine to machine],” Dobbins said.

“We have an Australian company at the moment which is about to embark on an M2M strategy for their healthcare devices.”

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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