A survey carried out in the USA and a number of other South East Asian countries has discovered an interesting fact. It seems since embracing cloud computing, small and medium-sized businesses are not spending as much time on security issues as they had previously.
For instance, I believe in Malaysia 56% of companies told researchers from ComScore that they were no longer worried about perceived security issues relating to cloud. What’s more the spending on security has been dramatically reduced.
Speaking with theborneopost.com, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing General Manager Adrienne Hall said: “There’s a perception that security concern has become a barrier to cloud adoption.”
She added: “Yet when companies embrace and invest in cloud services, they find the benefits far outweigh previous concerns.”
Furthermore, the cloud offers SME’s the chance to compete on level terms with much larger businesses. The tools now available would only have been afforded by corporations, but the new web-based systems are in financial reach of all businesses – large or small.
“This means SMEs can focus less on managing their infrastructure and more on innovation and improving business productivity,” according to Mohit Pande, who is Segment Director for Small Medium Services and Products Group for Microsoft Malaysia.
The research was funded by Microsoft Trustworthy Computing and the survey was carried out in Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as the USA.
The survey also compared those businesses that were using IaaS systems with those that have not switched.