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SMEs look to adopt cloud services

Rachel Wheeler

March 31, 2011

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Some 39 per cent of small businesses are looking to adopt one or more cloud computing services over the coming three years, a new study has forecast.

According to computing giant Microsoft, a number of organizations are hoping to take advantage of the benefits of the service.

The firm's SMB Cloud Adoption Study 2011, which polled more than 3,000 SMBs with 250 or fewer employees across 16 countries, revealed 39 per cent will take advantage of hosted data management in the coming years.

Microsoft estimates that 43 per cent of workloads will become paid cloud services, adding that SMEs will use an average of 3.3 cloud services each, up from less than two currently.

Marco Limena, a vice-president of business channels at Microsoft, said: "Cloud adoption will be gradual, and SMEs will continue to operate using a hybrid model with an increasing blend between off-premises and traditional on-premises infrastructure, for the foreseeable future."

Meanwhile, a recent study by Livebookings recently claimed that US restaurants are increasingly investing in cloud computing technology to improve their service.

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