Survey: Security Concerns Increasing SMBs Awareness Of Private Cloud Computing Options

Techaisle's SMB survey across U.S., UK, Germany and Brazil shows that among SMBs, awareness of private clouds is 62 percent, highest as compared to public and hybrid clouds. However, given a choice, 44 percent of SMBs prefer to use public clouds as opposed to private and hybrid clouds.

"As cloud computing vendors are pushing private clouds for enterprises, the same messaging seems to be trickling down to the SMBs. Hence, there is a greater awareness about private clouds for SMBs. Additionally, SMBs' concern for security, data privacy, and lack of control in using cloud computing is adding to the awareness of private clouds. The preference of public clouds among SMBs comes from the lower cost of setup, scalability and no wasted resources," said Anurag Agrawal, Techaisle.

While the awareness of hybrid clouds is 43 percent among SMBs, only 21 percent prefer to use this form of the cloud. A higher percentage of mid-market businesses are adopting hybrid clouds as compared to small businesses. Both private and hybrid clouds require presence of IT staff, which only a small percentage of SMBs have.  

The usage of cloud services such as IaaS/PaaS varies by employee size. Among those SMBs that are using cloud computing, 37 percent are using IaaS/PaaS cloud, and 31 percent are using CaaS. Public IaaS is predominant for all employee categories but is markedly higher for 1-49 employee category. The sweet spot for vendors targeting Public CaaS services is the 1-19 employee category.

SMBs appear to have greater clarity with regards to the reasons for adopting Cloud Services. Overall, the top reasons for adopting Cloud services by SMBs is faster deployment time and allowing IT staff to focus on more important business needs. "Service responsiveness and uptime" are gaining importance as key selling points for vendors.

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