For a Growing Number of SMBs, the Cloud is a No-Brainer

Cloud technology is now powerful enough to meet SMBs' needs for secure and easy-to-deploy cloud solutions.

November 23, 2015 by Andreas Krebs

SMB-Cloud-AdoptionIn a recent survey of almost 100 CIOs and IT leaders, more than half of respondents admitted to shifting their IT priorities from on-premise solutions to “cloud first”. Prioritizing cloud-based solutions over on-premise ones might seem like a no-brainer to most IT professionals, but this mindset is only now gaining wide acceptance among management in small- and medium-sized businesses, or SMBs.

You can ascribe this to a tipping point being reached: cloud technology is now powerful enough to meet SMBs' needs for secure and easy-to-deploy cloud solutions.

Options for SMBs are now growing at an unprecedented rate. “One quarter of all the applications ever written will be available in a cloud model by 2016, and 72% of developers incorporate cloud-based services or APIs,” explains InformationWeek's Jasmine McTigue. “This will be a $45.8 billion market by 2017…. [Its potential is] so great that the next three years may see a massive displacement of on-premises big data programs.”

From humble beginnings, cloud solutions are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of SMBs' IT toolkit.

The Cloud and David vs. Goliath

Cloud apps level the playing field for many SMBs, enabling them to beat more established competitors at their own game. The cloud, in fact, seems tailor-made for SMBs: “While large businesses may once have held the advantage in the enterprise software world, in the cloud it’s another story,” Jack Newton, co-founder and CEO of Clio, told Wired Magazine.

“Smaller businesses are far more agile than their larger counterparts when it comes to deploying a new technology,” explains Newton. “[They] can nimbly shift to the latest and greatest tools, while larger companies may be locked into an enterprise solution that’s a decade old.”

With partners like All Covered deploying established cloud providers like VMware and Cisco on their behalf, any SMB can achieve peak cost and performance efficiency with their IT infrastructure rivaling that of their bigger competitors.

Even the bean counters agree

Speaking of cost, roughly half of the respondents to the previously mentioned survey reported achieving cost savings in 2015. It's not just the prices of cloud apps leading the downward spiral. Increased “cloud first” implementation brings its own savings and performance dividends.

First, compared to on-site business solutions, cloud-based business solutions offer the same benefits with a lower cost of ownership in the long run. Cloud apps reduce major capital expenditures like server space and hardware upgrades, often replacing them wholesale with a single line on the IT budget.

And with no hardware to maintain or replace, SMBs in the cloud benefit from faster turnaround for implementation of new solutions or features. “As the cloud continues to grow as a hotbed for innovation, it’s the solo and small businesses, with their rapid technology adoption, that will benefit the most,” says Jack Newton.

Making change happen

If you're responsible for an SMB and if you're ready to make the jump into the cloud, providers like All Covered can help you make sense of the cloud revolution and what you'll get out of it.

Going on the cloud lets you customize the right solutions for your business, and All Covered cloud services are no exception. Whether you're after increased server uptime combined with lower capital expenditures, or guaranteed up-time and reliability, you can call on the experts at All Covered to secure only the solutions your company needs, and no more. And when changing situations make new demands on your cloud, All Covered will work with you to implement the change you need.

For more information, contact All Covered toll-free at 866-446-1133 or visit www.allcovered.com.