Small Business Turning to the Cloud for Storage, Web HostingBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2011-04-20 Email Print
The benefits of cloud computing are still murky to some small businesses, which site cost as both a benefit and barrier to adopting the technology.
Small businesses are using cloud predominantly for storage (67 percent) and Website hosting (56 percent), according to a recent survey by Iconnyx, an managed IT and Web hosting company. Research of more than 300 small business leaders conducted over two events in the past month shows these to be the typical SMB applications, followed by business continuity and CRM (both 39 percent).
The majority of SMBs who have implemented a cloud infrastructure reported spending 10 to 30 percent of their working day in the cloud (44 percent), according to survey results. At extreme ends of the scale, 11 percent of respondents claimed to spend no time in the cloud at all, whilst a further 11 percent claimed to spend in excess of 50 percent of time using cloud-based technologies.
The research also showed there is still confusion around the benefits of implementing cloud computing, with cost cited as both a benefit and a top barrier to embracing the technology. The survey, conducted at Unified Communications Expo earlier this month, Iconnyx's own event last week and a series of online polls, indicated that a lack of education on cloud benefits is stalling adoption of cloud computing technologies.
Of the 300+ professionals who participated in the survey, 93 percent responded that they could explain what cloud computing is. However, nearly 43 percent of participants answered that their organization is still not involved in cloud computing. Those using cloud-based solutions cite cost savings, mobile accessibility and ease of managing infrastructure as the top benefits of using the cloud (42 percent). At the same time, a further 54 percent of companies cited cost as a barrier to implementation.
For more, read the eWEEK article: Businesses Adopting Cloud for Storage, Web Hosting: Report.