More SMBs using cloud, virtualization
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Despite facing economic uncertainty in many respects, small and medium-sized businesses continue to spend for information technology solutions. Spiceworks, an IT networking firm, recently surveyed nearly 1,500 IT professionals from 100 countries and found that many organizations are turning to cloud computing and virtualization.
Cloud solutions are currently used by nearly 50 percent of SMB professionals surveyed, while 64 percent of companies are virtualizing their applications. The average number of virtualized apps now stands at 3.1, growing from 2.1 in 2011, according to the study.
Overall IT budgets among SMBs surveyed grew 6 percent during the first half of the year and annual spending per company is $152,000, Spiceworks said.
"The results also show that SMBs are spending more on technology across the board, from hardware and devices, to cloud services and virtualization," said Spiceworks co-founder and marketing vice president Jay Hallberg. "This bodes well for technology vendors serving the SMB market in 2012."
Cloud computing is expected to rival the most significant IT trends in history. According to a report by the National Inflation Association, the cloud may surpass the dot-com boom of the early 2000s and again global acceptance by 2013.