Infographic: SMB Cloud Adoption Trends in 2014

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 Today, the cloud is a mainstream part of IT, having been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses. This rapid growth is due largely to the new and unexpected ways in which the cloud has matured over the last few years.

The value proposition of cloud computing has always been clear—easy provisioning, flexible scaling and cost savings. But we’re now seeing apps and workloads that IT never expected would run in the cloud—and they’re often running leaner and faster than ever before.

Say the word “cloud” to an IT professional today, and an entirely different image comes to mind than would have popped up five years ago. 

Early on, “the cloud” meant public cloud. Today it encompasses a range of hybrid offerings—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware, along with the software tools that enable these systems to work together seamlessly. Cloud security has evolved, too. For years, security concerns have been a major barrier to adoption. But as studies have increasingly concluded that the cloud is as secure as on-premise infrastructure, we’re beginning to see this sentiment shift. One recent study found that 94 percent of SMB cloud adopters report that they have experienced security benefits since moving to the cloud.

And with the advent of bare metal servers that can be provisioned in minutes, even dedicated hardware is evolving to be more cloud-like.

Businesses now have an expanded set of options for operating in the cloud. They can choose to manage their cloud infrastructure in-house, or opt for a managed cloud and have their cloud provider shoulder the burden of day-to-day management. In short, the cloud of the past was a one-size-fits-all offering. Today it is easy for businesses to design a custom solution around their precise needs.

A close look at the landscape of cloud adoption turns up some interesting and surprising statistics:

  • 70 percent of companies surveyed report reinvesting money saved back into their business as a result moving to the cloud.
  • Across the board, web hosting is the number one cloud service businesses have adopted. Email is a close second; though the larger a business grows, the more likely they are to host their email on dedicated hardware.
  • A company with fewer than 19 employees is almost 20 percent more likely to have adopted the cloud than a midsize company with more than 500 employees.

Check out the infographic below for more revealing statistics on SMB cloud adoption rates, how businesses use the cloud and the benefits they are realizing as a result of adoption.

If you work in an IT department that has yet to fully embrace the cloud, download our PowerPoint presentation, “The Cloud: Powering the Modern Business,” packed with key statistics and benefits of cloud adoption. It’s a great tool for pitching cloud to business decision makers within your company.

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This story, "Infographic: SMB Cloud Adoption Trends in 2014" was originally published by BrandPost.