Top 5 Reasons SMBs are moving to the Cloud

According to the IDC research report, 2016 Cloud Computing Survey, cloud computing has transitioned from an emergent to a mainstream technology. Almost half of companies' IT environments have moved to the cloud and more workloads are expected to shift to the cloud in the coming months.

Why are so many workloads shifting to the cloud?

At the time of the survey, companies had moved 45% of their IT environment into the cloud. By 2018, companies expect a full 60% of their IT environments to reside in hybrid, private, and public clouds.

SMBs are turning to the cloud in growing numbers for many reasons, including agility, cost, simplicity, and access to expertise.

Here are the top 5 reasons SMBs are transferring more of their infrastructure and applications into the cloud.

1. Security

While security concerns have hampered SMBs cloud adoption rates, other pressures, such as skill gaps, limited resources, and increased complexity are driving cloud adoption. In addition, the lack of IT security expertise leaves many SMBs vulnerable.

According to a report published on the Kaspersky Labs blog, 40% of SMBs say they don't have enough intelligence and sufficient insight into the threats faced by their businesses. There are two main ways that SMBs are solving their security issues, private cloud and outsourced IT security expertise.

2. Built-in Redundancy

Cloud services are multi-regional and offer built-in redundancy that an average SMB does not have the resources to match. Even a widespread regional disaster, like a flood, earthquake, or hurricane, will not interrupt cloud services, as back-up data can be stored in multiple geographic locations.

In the past, many SMBs have made do with small-scale, local backup options. The cloud offers an affordable way for businesses to

3. Automatic Updates

The lack of IT skills among SMBs means they do more with less. Rather than deploy their valuable IT staff on routine functions, like application and system updates, SMBs can use their internal resources for more important work, like operational support and project development.

Cloud environments are automatically updated, which means there are never any gaps between the release and application of a patch or update. Your system is continuously operating with the latest patches and updates for optimum functionality and security.

4. Better Integration

Cloud services offer seamless integration with popular business applications, such as Salesforce and Microsoft Office. SMBs are moving more of their applications to the cloud to take advantage of the simple set up and management of cloud-based applications.

The cloud is also future-proof by nature. As new applications and solutions emerge, the cloud will adapt and integrate with them. On the other hand, SMBs with on-site infrastructure will have to update to integrate with emerging applications and solutions. This means upgrading your infrastructure using up-front funds that you need to allocate as capital expenses.

5. Flexibility

Small companies are facing many of the same challenges as enterprises. Just like big companies, SMBs need to be flexible, collaborative, and agile to survive. The cloud gives small and medium businesses access to the same tools, applications and capabilities as big organizations.

SMBs are moving more of their IT environments to the cloud for the, security, redundancy, automatic updates, integration and flexibility. Cloud solutions make it possible for SMBs to access the same cloud solutions and capabilities as big companies. The cloud is helping to level the playing field, which gives small companies new opportunities to compete with much bigger ones.

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