Cloud Services Gain Converts Among SMB Adopters: Microsoft Study
While finding that SMBs who have not adopted cloud list security as their greatest worry, a study reveals that 94 percent of those companies who did adopt cloud services cited just the opposite—security is the greatest benefit.Although small and medium-size businesses who have not adopted cloud services distrust their level of security, reliability and privacy, the firms quickly become enamored of online services for their improved security and level of service, according to a survey released on June 11 by Microsoft. The study, carried out in the U.S. and three European nations by survey firm comScore, found that SMBs that have not yet adopted the cloud had negative perceptions of the dangers of cloud services. On the other hand, those companies that had adopted cloud services had much more positive views of the security, privacy and reliability of software as a service (SaaS). The results suggest that smaller firms' experience with the cloud highlights the benefits to their businesses, Tim Rains, director of product management for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, told eWEEK. "All of these barriers are holding businesses back from making a decision to move to the cloud, but the bottom line is that some of these businesses are more concerned than they should be," he said. Microsoft commissioned the ComScore study.
In the United States, 60 percent of SMBs cited a lack of security as a concern about moving their data to the cloud, while 45 percent and 42 percent worried about the impact on privacy and reliability, respectively.