Friday, 30th September 2011, 08:48:45
Businesses have been advised to make sure they monitor their cloud services effectively once the initial set-up has been completed.
Product manager at Opsview James Peel said the benefits of the cloud can be "brilliant" for companies, but emphasised the importance of adequately "policing" the use of the service across different departments.
Research published by the open source network revealed that 54 per cent of organisations are unsure of how many cloud-based services their employees are currently using.
"You want to have a central way of tracking all of this stuff, so you can look at efficiency and what people are doing across department," Mr Peel commented.
"Certainly you want to put the tools in place so you know what the bill is going to be at the end of the month."
His comments follow a recent study of cloud computing from ABI Research, which predicted that 41 per cent of all enterprise communications users will migrate to the virtual infrastructure by 2016.
Senior analyst Subha Rama said the cloud communications sector will grow by more than 21 per cent over the next five years, reaching revenues of $8 billion (£5.1 billion).
According to ABI, the migration to the cloud is being driven by the growing adoption of virtualisation technologies, the prospect of lower costs and the need to integrate multiple applications for smartphones and media tablets.
In a blog published on Cloud Pro this week, Maxwell Cooter claimed that "all previous ways of working" could be changed radically by the onset of cloud computing around the world.
He explained that conventional models of doing business will become outdated because people are no longer required to be in a certain location, such as an office, to access the tools they need.
"Cloud computing could change everything - not just the IT aspects such a compute power or storage capabilities - but other aspects of business such as departmental chargeback," the expert commented.
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