Recent reports have indicated that cloud computing traffic is expected to increase to as much as 10 times its current rate by 2015. Cloud computing experts say the primary drivers of the migration of data storage to the cloud will be the benefits of virtualization and the cost savings that this transition can provide businesses. As a result, many small businesses looking for cloud computing solutions may be wondering how exactly this transition will impact the storage of their data.

While cloud computing mitigates the need for many businesses to continue investing in physical data storage systems, these components of the company's data network often need to be adapted during the virtualization process. For example, information needs to be consolidated to a certain number of servers, and additional units may need to be put to use by employing software that lets this essential work information move seamlessly between servers.

Some business owners may be wondering how much data they should consolidate. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group – a storage industry consulting firm – recently told Network World that virtualization should cut a company's storage utilization in half.

This means that if the company is currently using 60 percent of its servers, business owners can expect the allocation to drop to 30 percent. Taneja notes that the process won't completely eliminate the need for physical storage. Still, certain techniques could be used to allow programs to work on this extra business resource more efficiently.

For the best results, business owners who are looking for comprehensive cloud computing solutions may be best advised to turn to an experienced VoIP telephony services company. By securing the assistance and consultation of experts, business owners can ensure that they make the best decisions for their customers and employees, while not overburdening their IT personnel during the process. 

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