On paper, the cloud is a wonderful thing for small businesses. It gives even the smallest of firms access to enterprise-level software, reduces capital expenditure, and is increasingly seen as being a good move for security, too.
This is a turnaround in recent months, says Ben Gower, MD at Perspicuity, a UK SaaS (software-as-a-service) reseller, noting that this time last year, clients were more likely to be worried that a cloud deployment would leave them out of control of their own data and hugely vulnerable to attack.
“We asked a group of 35 clients and potential clients in the sub-50 seat range for three reasons to move to the cloud and three reasons not to. Increased security came out as one of the top reasons to move,” he told us. “The perception now is that the cloud is more secure.”
Gower is talking to people about fully managed cloud deployments with email, apps and everything running offsite and being piped in. For him, security is already part of the package. But only a sub-section of the SME (small and medium enterprises) sector uses cloud like this.
The rest of the cloudscape is a mixed bag of hybrid deployments, use of consumer cloud offerings, and in some cases, outsourced IT contracts where companies might not even know they
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