Half of SMBs look to adopt cloud computing by 2011

Cloud computing

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are more enthusiastic about cloud computing than ever, according to a new report.

Half of UK SMBs surveyed by business ISP Easynet Connect were either using or planning to use cloud computing in the next year, a rise from 22 per cent when the same survey was conducted 15 months ago.

Longer term plans to use the technology within the next five years have also risen from just 47 per cent at the end of 2008 to almost three quarters (73 per cent) at the end of 2009.

Chris Stening, managing director of Easynet Connect, said in a statement: "Cloud computing has been on the business radar for some time and our report proves that we are at the tipping point for mass adoption amongst small and medium sized businesses."

However, there are concerns that companies aren't putting in extra security measures and improvements to their internet connections needed to support this shift in technology.

The survey showed that 85 per cent of respondents weren't planning on improving security, a well-known barrier to cloud computing, and over 80 per cent weren't looking to improve their internet bandwidths to cope with the extra demand.

"We find it worrying that the vast majority of companies aren't taking basic measures to prepare themselves for such a significant shift in their business operations," said Stening.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.