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Hybrid Cloud Based Application for SMEs

Technology Overview

This technology consists of a set of proprietary hardware devices and software. The micro internet server plays an important role to provide local application services, such as on-premise server machine, and link data to cloud services. However small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to be aware of the pitfalls of cloud adoption, such as failing to map their business requirements to the technology when selecting public or private cloud services. There is no one-model-fits-all, and companies would want to maximize the benefits of their business operation from what a cloud service can provide them. With this hybrid cloud based application, SMEs can gain benefits from cloud services without expensive set-up and maintenance costs.

Technology Features & Specifications

The hybrid cloud based application for SMEs is used as a foundation framework for software houses to develop business applications (software) for small enterprises without in house IT expertise. This model aims to reduce IT infrastructure and operation costs. It separates application services into two layers: transaction and information. The transaction layer deploys onto the micro internet server. The information layer deploys onto the cloud server. Communication link between both servers is a stateless connection. Thus, the main advantage of this technology is reducing total cost of ownership when SMEs deploy hardware and software to their organisation. This model is different from other models because it does not always require online internet connection and big server machines.

Potential Applications

This technology is applicable to any start-ups and growth-stage SMEs that do not have their own information technology team and have limited expertise in infocomm.

Market Trends and Opportunities

A Goldman Sachs study published in Jan 2015 projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT. Forrester reports that Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach US$106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels. Successful deployment of cloud technology depends on SMEs being able to articulate perfectly on what they want and why the need the technology. Applications and services which are inexpensive, save time and meet business requirements will be attractive to them. 

Customer Benefits

The hybrid approach provides SMEs flexibility in deployment of their cloud systems. Benefits of selecting a hybrid cloud approach include:

  • Able to maximize and benefit from the strengths of both private and public cloud models
  • Minimum start-up costs and long term costs
  • Run business applications and store business data where they are most needed in their corporate infrastructure
  • Low cost for IT services/maintenance/support 

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