Small Business Outsourcing to the Cloud Gains Momentum
What kinds of companies are making the decision to move some of their IT operations to the cloud? Well, cloud services adoption among small and medium businesses is on the rise in 2010. That's according to Austin-based Spiceworks which conducted a global survey of 1,500 IT professionals at SMBs with fewer than 1,000 employees. Key among the findings was a propensity of very small organizations to jump into the cloud more readily than larger SMBs. Spiceworks co-founder and vice president of marketing, Jay Halberg says: "Small companies with little existing infrastructure and outsourced IT are moving most quickly to the cloud, whereas larger SMBs are taking more measured steps due to considerable investments in onsite technology. With seven times as many users as the enterprise market, it's important for cloud service vendors to consider cloud service adoption patterns and to make it simple for SMBs to manage hybrid on-premise and cloud solutions." Here's a drill down into some of the numbers.