Smaller firms maturing their cloud computing strategies

Smaller firms maturing their cloud computing strategies

Many smaller companies are beginning to further develop their approaches towards cloud computing, according to research.

A recent study from cloud provider Parallels found that for many small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it is more of a question how rather than if a cloud strategy is implemented.

Its report "Profit from the Cloud, 2013," predicts that the overall (SMB) cloud market in the United States alone will reach $32 billion (£19.17 billion) by the beginning of 2016, which would mean a year-over-year growth rate of 19 per cent.

Other findings of the survey included the fact that SMBs use an average of five services, ranging from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in the form of hosted server capacity, hosted communication and collaboration including email and hosted PBX, and business applications.

But by the year 2016, researchers believe that number could be as high as nine, with SMBs continuing to become more comfortable with the concept of using cloud computing.

The business applications category was arguably the biggest cloud adoption success story, with 60 per cent survey respondents claiming to be implementing such technology.

Meanwhile around 30 per cent SMBs that currently have servers have shown an interested in adding hosted versions within the course of the next three years.

There is also a greater amount of SMBs adopting a more sophisticated approach to adding services to their existing IaaS presence, with 40 per cent now using server backup, security and SQL database options.

The second-fastest growing cloud services was hosted premium email, which in terms of growth rate was only behind business applications as the most adopted, while around half of those switching from an on-premise approach to the cloud claim that they are considering plans to ditch on-site email servers for a cloud-hosted option.

Such success for cloud computing looks set to grow in the UK too, with recent figures suggesting that 45 per cent of companies intend to increase their cloud budget over the course of the next 12 months.