Cloud computing is of interest to more and more small companies. Three SMEs with different profiles tell their experiences. The benefits lie in both cost and flexibility
It is a large, anonymous six-storey gray building in the suburbs of Lausanne. A few steps from the highway, nothing from the outside, can guess what it contains in his basement. At the exit of the elevator, we see a dozen gray bottles of more than one meter long each. “They contain Inergen gas. In case of fire, they explode immediately to deprive the fire of oxygen, “says Jean-Michel Melinand, commercial director of SyselCloud. A little further, we reach the computer server room. Ruled in rows for tens of meters, placed in locked cages, the machines are silent.
Marc Boudriot approaches three cabinets. “All the data of our customers are there. They are also duplicated in another secure center located in the area – but do not write any place names, we must keep our locations secret. “The SyselCloud director, who has 24 employees, continues:” This region is one of the most the best covered fiber optics in the country. Data transmissions are ultrafast. This is the perfect place for our cloud computing activities. “SyselCloud, with its administrative headquarters in Mont-sur-Lausanne, is one of a dozen companies in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to offer so-called cloud computing services. His clients? Above all, SMEs. These have not only decided to outsource all or part of their IT, but also, for some of them, to move from buying to renting software.
“The cloud is comparable to the arrival of electricity”
Cloud computing is therefore computer servers hidden and connected to fiber. But still? “To measure the importance of the phenomenon, consider the beginnings of electrification, around the 1890s. Before, each company produced its own electricity. Then networks were created and electricity became a service. Cloud computing is the same thing: the company focuses on its business and subcontracts its IT, which becomes a remotely accessible service via the power of the current internet connections “, explains Jacques Boschung, Director of EMC for Western Europe. Cloud infrastructure provider, EMC finds revenue from these services up 15% per year. “And especially thanks to the demands of SMEs,” says Jacques Boschung. According to the manager, 30% of SMEs worldwide have already opted for cloud solutions.
Are all SMEs eligible? “Whether you have 5 or 300 employees, there are interesting cloud solutions,” said Marc Boudriot. For example, the company may decide to host all of its data remotely for security reasons: a data center will always be safer than an IT office in an SME. And we have the obligation to duplicate this data in two of our centers, at least 60 kilometers apart. “The SME can go more or less in the cloud. “It may want to outsource all of its IT infrastructure or simply rent out access to a specific application such as, for example, Microsoft Office or a human resources management system for its employees,” continues Marc Boudriot.