SMBs Already Leveraging Cloud Services

Most small to mid-sized businesses are using cloud computing services to handle routine IT chores, according to a survey conducted by Spiceworks Inc. Here are some quick datapoints from the survey.

Based on responses from more than 1,000 SMB IT professionals, Spiceworks this week reported that 57 percent of respondents use one or more cloud computing services. Anti-spam topped the list at 43 percent, while 25 percent of the respondents said they used hosted e-mail and 20 percent cited online back-up.

Spiceworks, based in Austin, Texas, provides software for managing computer networks and counts numerous MSPs among its customers.

Jay Hallberg, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Spiceworks, said the overall adoption rate for cloud services appears to be fairly high, but noted the company isn’t able to identify adoption trends among individual cloud services. To that end, he said Spiceworks will conduct another survey before the end of this year.

MSPs may take heart from the cloud usage numbers, but traditional VARs have less to cheer. Spiceworks found that SMBs are “squeezing an extra year out of their hardware.”

While Hallberg described 2009 as “the lost year of IT purchases,” he noted that infrastructure can only last so long. “We think 2010 is the tech refresh year,” Hallberg added.

Contributing blogger John Moore covers Master MSPs, Web hosts and emerging opportunities. Follow MSPmentor via RSS; Facebook;; and Twitter. And sign up for our Enewsletter; Webcasts and Resource Center.

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