SAN JOSE, Calif. Jan. 18, 2011 Germany Brazil
While the awareness of Hybrid Clouds is 43% among SMBs, only 21% prefer to use this form of the Cloud. A higher percentage of Mid-Market businesses are adopting Hybrid Clouds as compared to small businesses. Both Private and Hybrid Clouds require presence of IT staff, which only a small percentage of SMBs have.
The usage of Cloud services such as IaaS/PaaS varies by employee size. Among those SMBs that are using Cloud Computing, 37% are using IaaS/PaaS Cloud, and 31% are using CaaS. Public IaaS is predominant for all employee categories but is markedly higher for 1-49 employee category. The sweet spot for vendors targeting Public CaaS services is the 1-19 employee category.
MBs appear to have greater clarity with regards to the reasons for adopting Cloud Services. Overall, the top reasons for adopting Cloud services by SMBs is faster deployment time and allowing IT staff to focus on more important business needs. "Service responsiveness and uptime" are gaining importance as key selling points for vendors.