Cloud-based emails to overtake in-house solutions

Cloud-based emails to overtake in-house solutions

The rise of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is causing many businesses to rethink how they allow employees access to corporate data and information they need to do their job on a daily basis.

One of the most accessed and necessary applications is email, as workers need to be constantly in contact with colleagues, clients and customers on the move.

Research conducted by Spiceworks has found that the current adoption rate of cloud-hosted email could see it outnumbering in-house provisions in the near future.

The company's Voice of IT report indicated that cloud email deployments grew by four per cent in the past 12 months. This may seem like a small rise, but it has come at the same time as a three per cent fall in on-premise email installations.

"Cloud-hosted email offers several advantages, particularly to small and midsize businesses (SMBs) that may not have the resources or adequate staff to continually manage critical messaging infrastructure," the report noted.

"Hosted email can also provide the very things that are driving the adoption of cloud computing. These include ease of deployment, plenty of storage without increasing capital expenditures, added security through encryption and spam and virus filtering, and service-level agreements guaranteeing disaster recovery and little downtime."

The firm went on to note that cost savings and reducing the burden of IT departments are the main aims of businesses turning to cloud technologies to host their email applications.

Boosting access to email any time was another factor behind the move, as well as the ease of deployment of the systems within a company infrastructure.

Security and compliance were highlighted as concerns by organisations, but overall the report indicates that companies are clearly looking towards the greater adoption of cloud technologies for enterprise-critical applications and tools.

"Concerns around adopting these cloud services are similar, no matter the tools. 

Security and compliance are top of mind for IT pros, as workers access sensitive data and applications from anywhere on the network and from whichever device they choose," the report concluded.