Small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) are turning to cloud computing as an easier to manage, lower cost alternative to traditional computing, but concerns over security and cost of implementation remained barriers to adoption, according to a survey of more than 100 companies by cloud computing specialist Twin Strata. Overall, five out of six respondents indicated that they were either already using or plan to use cloud storage in some capacity, making it the most widely planned cloud initiative – even more than software as a service (SaaS).
As the survey was conducted at the Cloud Computing Expo, it’s not surprising that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents have implemented some form of cloud computing already, with more than a quarter (28 percent) having done so for three or more years. Half of smaller businesses (organizations with between 51-250 employees) have implemented some form of cloud computing for three years or more. While cloud storage currently ranks behind SaaS and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) initiatives, the survey indicated the rise of Big Data and increased regulation is driving businesses to cloud storage options, due to the scalability of cloud-based platforms and the need for organizations to easily manage growing storage requirements.
Concerns over security and the loss of control remain barriers to more widespread cloud storage adoption– the single biggest inhibitor
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