Businesses Adopting Cloud for Storage, Web Hosting: Report
A survey finds cost cited as both a benefit and a top barrier to embracing cloud computing 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.