Mobility, Cloud, Virtualization Gain Traction Among Small Businesses: Symantec
Small businesses are turning to mobile devices and technologies, virtualization and cloud computing to improve disaster preparedness.Cloud computing, virtualization and mobile technology are increasingly prevalent among small and midsize businesses, according to a survey from IT security firm Symantec. The findings of the companys 2012 "SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey" indicated that disaster preparedness is closely connected to these three technologies. The survey found more than one-third of SMBs (35 percent) are now taking advantage of mobile devices for business use. In addition, SMBs are embracing technologies like virtualization and cloud computing that were once solely in the domain of larger enterprises, with 34 percent of SMBs surveyed either currently deploying or already benefitting from server virtualization. These companies are even more active in the cloud computing space: 40 percent said they are deploying public clouds, and a similar number (43 percent) are implementing private clouds to help run their businesses. The survey, by research firm ReRez, covered decision makers at 2,053 organizations worldwide, each with between five and 250 employees. Of the survey respondents, two-thirds were C-level and senior management, while the others were IT representatives.
The survey indicated disaster preparedness is a key factor in the adoption of these technologies and said they had improved the companys ability to deal with the loss of data or other security threat. Mobility increased their disaster preparedness 36 percent of the time, while 71 percent reported that their disaster preparedness improved with virtualization. Private and public cloud deployment also boosted their ability to handle a disaster, according to 43 percent and 41 percent of businesses surveyed, respectively.