Bandwidth performance important for cloud computing

Cloud computing, today's IT buzzword, often gives companies the ability to save money while improving business efficiency. However, while many organizations resist migrating to the cloud because of perceived security issues, one of the real concerns that businesses should worry about is bandwidth, according to a Computerworld report.

"If your employees and your users can't access data fast enough, then the cloud will be nothing more than a pipe dream," said InterContinental Hotels Group chief information officer Tom Conophy, according to Computerworld.

Overcoming this issue can be as simple as testing cloud applications before deploying them on a company-wide scale. By properly diagnosing solutions in an integrated environment, rather than sealed-off silos, companies can ensure that they will meet quality-of-service criteria necessary for them to improve performance while in the cloud, the news source noted.

Additionally, IT staff can use emulation tools which discover bottleneck scenarios that would damage an organization during peak traffic hours, for example, Computerworld said.

According to research firm Ovum, the public cloud computing market will generate roughly $66 billion in revenue by 2016, growing from $18 billion at the end of 2011. This indicates that more organizations are migrating to the cloud and should test their bandwidth to ensure the service's high performance.

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