Wall Street news recently has been full of M&A activity among tech firms large and small as the impact of cloud computing has become evident. HP and Dell are in a bidding war for cloud computing firm 3Par. CA Technologies today announced a $200 acquisition of cloud computing firm Arcot Systems, bringing their June 2009-to-present spending spree to a billion dollars and change.
But what does that mean on Main Street? Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are implementing cloud computing in significant numbers. While some are opting for an “all-in” approach, other SMBs are looking at various “hybrid” options.
While the article cites some cases in which SMBs are opting to keep a portion of their IT assets in-house, a strong case can be made for a “hybrid” or “local” cloud computing approach that benefits from the cost efficiencies of owning few – if any – IT assets and partnering with a trusted IT provider that owns, manages and maintains the SMB’s IT assets behind their own firewall.