Cloud technology and cloud-based applications are key trends for 2014, with more and more businesses realising their potential to improve efficiency, improve the availability of data and reduce costs. As this is such a hot topic I sat down with Crimson Tide’s Chairman, Barrie Whipp (who also sits on the Microsoft Partner Engagement Board) to find out his own views and where he believes the growth will be in 2014 for cloud technology.
How do you think cloud technology/cloud-based applications will fare this year?
I see a big year for cloud based services from telephony to apps to big SaaS.
What do you think will be the big trends in cloud technology this year?
Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and , of course, Mobile Apps for Enterprise.
In your opinion what are the main issues that hold many businesses back from adopting cloud technologies?
Unfamiliarity and some misunderstandings about security.
Why does this not have to be the case?
Organisations should ask whether their server, backup and restore strategies will actually work. They should also ask whether their own security policies match those of their cloud hoster. In many cases, I suspect that cloud providers are both more reliable and secure.
What are the advantages of businesses adopting cloud-based technologies?
Speed, scalability and total cost. Cloud based technologies can replace a lot of physical equipment. There are even savings in energy costs.
mpro5 is hosted with Windows Azure – why did you choose this platform?
Azure is rock solid, highly scalable and represents great value for money. We are a Microsoft partner of long standing and we have seen the continued development of Azure into what we consider to be the best enterprise solution for business.
What are your visions/goals for Crimson Tide and mpro5 this coming year?
To really develop our partner channel, both in the UK & Ireland and internationally. To mobilise more businesses with mpro5, our fantastic cross platform service and to introduce even more wow factor.
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