The rate in which enterprises have been moving to the cloud has accelerated in recent years, with cloud-specific spending outpacing general IT spending by as much as six times. The reason for such enthusiasm is simple: organisations are able to leverage the cloud to drive greater innovation within the business. For example, Gartner is predicting that global cloud services will grow 17% to $266.4 billion in 2020 because "cloud adoption has become mainstream, and the expectations of the outcomes associated with cloud investments are therefore higher."
The challenge for enterprises will be finding a cloud service that meets their needs. In recent years, there has been a growth in the number of large, credible cloud providers, with each offering their own features and benefits to organisations. Finding the right match for an enterprise can mean the difference between a great IT environment, and one that the organisation struggles to capitalise on.
Organisations look to the cloud to achieve six key outcomes:
- Cost reduction – by moving all the on-premise infrastructure off-site, organisations can eliminate the costly practice of running their own datacentres.
- Flexibility – the resources available to an enterprise can be scaled up and down as needed, in real time, minimising waste and under-resourcing.
- Mobility – cloud services can be accessed from anywhere in the world, allowing the employees of an organisation to do their work from anywhere.
- Redundancy – cloud services solve the concern that many organisations have where all of their data is housed in one location, leading to the risk of data loss from disaster or similar events.
- Security – a good cloud service operates to the highest security standards, with entire teams dedicated to protecting the environment – a security resource well beyond what a typical enterprise could invest in.
- Innovation – cloud services give organisations access to data solutions, AI, applications and the Internet of Things in a way that on-premise development would not allow. Furthermore, through the cloud, organisations can develop more rapidly and take products to market more quickly. It enables a much more innovative environment.
Most cloud providers will offer solutions that address these six key outcomes. It's in the "X-factor" where the differences lie -- the level of support, the quality of the technology that the cloud provider has in their own environments, and more can all affect the user experience of the cloud service.
The Huawei difference
Organisations are turning to Huawei to power their cloud environments due to Huawei's singular focus on delivering to all of the outcomes above to the highest standards. The Huawei Cloud is future-orientated, runs an open ecosystem that harnesses chip-device-pipe-cloud synergy, and most critically, it's a highly stable environment.
One potential risk to the cloud that enterprises face is downtime, which would take all work systems and processes offline with it, however, the Huawei Cloud is supported with 24/7 support and high levels of guaranteed uptime.
Most critically of all is the sheer commitment to security by Huawei. The company has 50 international security certificates that it has obtained for the Huawei Cloud and that is backed by a company with over 30 years of expertise in ICT infrastructure products and services.
The company is currently offering a programme to allow enterprises to experience the Huawei Cloud experience for themselves, for free. At no cost, Huawei is offering:
- Access to general-computing S3 cloud servers with 2vCPUs and 4GB of memory. While the Huawei Cloud offers higher performance options for organisations that have heavy compute demand, this server configuration is more than sufficient to host medium-traffic websites, web applications, development and test environments, build services, code libraries, and micro-services for personal users and enterprises.
- 20 GB data traffic per month. This free data applies for the first 12 months, on a per-month basis.
- 1,500 hours of access time, valid for 12 months.
The free services are available across ten of Huawei's products, allowing enterprises to get a feel for the benefits of the Huawei cloud before they begin to use it for critical business processes.
As Erik Schanz, Huawei's Business Development Manager, said, when the company released the Huawei Cloud into the Brazilian market, "Cloud computing is an essential factor in driving the digital transformation of companies."
"We have the technology, experience, security and support so our clients can transform and expand their businesses. We are here to provide them with solutions," Qin Dan, Huawei Cloud Brazil CEO added.
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